NJOKI CHEGE ‘S VIEW ON OVERWEIGHT WOMEN IS PLAIN WRONG (RIGHT OF REPLY)
By Dorcas Sarkozy
For starters, its unfathomable that a mainstream media outlet has given such a careless writer a space to wax on and spew pure garbage in the name of ‘helping’ people. That Njoki Chege can comfortably sit somewhere and conjure up a bunch of hateful, spiteful, and outright baloney in the name of helping overweight women is just mind boggling. The Nation Media group should know better.
While I recognize Njoki’s right and freedom of expression, I must say that hers is pure loads of manure packaged in some high-falluting rhetoric meant to sensationalize her topics. In her latest column, she takes on women weighing over 80 kilograms by slamming their eating habits and then in the most grotesque fashion, tears into their lifestyles and summarily prescribes death sentences to a mother lode of Kenyan women who fall in Njoki Chege’s dreaded category of being fat!
Before I unload my thoughts on her tirade, I must point out that there was a glaring misuse of the Queens language in Njoki’s latest moral hit job, in an attempt to sound ‘cute,’ she described the lifestyles of those who don’t exercise as “sedimentary” lifestyles (sic)! How rocks and geography came into this is beyond me but my form four English background aptly informs me that the correct word is sedentary! Curiously, the Nation has not edited the article to correct the snafu. Any other person can get away with a lyrical misstep, but coming from a woman who relishes other people’s misfortunes, Njoki’s blunder was just too juicy to ignore. I just couldn’t resist the schadenfreude!
Back to the ‘fat’ women. Any health care specialist would recommend exercise and healthy eating as key solutions to sporting and keeping an ideal figure. No one can argue with that, in fact even the so called ‘fat’ people really want to exercise but due to reasons unbeknown to many, they end up not doing it. Is that an excuse to bash, shame and bully other human beings because of how they look? And who said that all ‘skinny’ people are necessarily healthy? And since when did Njoki become the official Kenyan boot camp instructor?
Its easy to bark insults and throw barbs at other people from the comfort of a newspaper column but its a whole new ball game when one is confronted by the so called ‘chubby’ ladies. If Njoki really wants to bring about health awareness and promote healthy eating, there are better ways of going about it. How about setting volunteer centres for women? How about enlisting the help of fitness gurus to pen responsible guidelines on fitness and health on her column instead of insulting people?
How about using her public platform to champion women rights and empowerment ?
Ms Njoki should use her column to give more coherent solutions to health and fitness challenges in the community. Its unfortunate that she uses sex as a key selling point. As vital as it is, sex is not the only reason why women should keep fit as she suggests. Telling women to work out in order to keep their men not only cheapens the issue but reduces the whole conversation down to sex talk.
We all have been to a doctor, and I am sure no one can claim that a doctor has ever used insulting and demeaning language in treating their illness. Njoki finds it easy to use cavalier language in tackling an issue that should be handled with care. In fact, at some point she brandishes her anatomical architecture by claiming that she is a “perfect size 8,” while that’s not a problem, I am sure she is not the only flawless creation of God in Jamhuri ya Kenya! Kenya boasts a collection of fine women who not only have the dignity to stay humble and comfortable in their own skin, but also respect all human beings that they have the pleasure of co-existing with.
If ‘Her Highness’ Njoki is that perfect as she alleges, how come no one has ever spotted her thin self in any one of Kenya’s beauty contests? Then again, beauty is on the eye of the beholder, except in this case, the beholder and the ‘beautiful’ person is the same person! Talk about narcissism!
To all the women who weigh over 80kgs, take the steps that you deem fit as per your lifestyle, link up with some positive friends who will encourage you to dig deeper, be proud of yourself and most of all NEVER let a newspaper columnist define who you are. Your destiny is in your own hands, seize it in a positive way and whenever you feel down and defeated by the negative energy from the likes of Njoki, remember that the incomparable Oprah Winfrey has battled weight problems but has never let that define who she is. Take charge in your own way and at your own pace and watch your life take a turn for the better.