Any weekend stay in a Muslim home will quickly reveal the culprit. The number of fried, sweet, and carbohydrate-rich foods on offer in the average Muslim home have turned our kitchens into breeding grounds for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Our parent’s generation had little or no real nutritional education and our cultures consider the ability to feed our children a diet full of rich food a sign of success.
This is most embarrassingly evident during Ramadan, when long hours of fasting give way to feasting on a seemingly unending supply of rich, fried food and sugary drinks.
Great video about London based Muslim women voicing some of the specific challenges that they face when trying to stay healthy. Some really common pain points related to increasingly co-gender exercise facilities , lack of modest clothing options, and privacy concerns are brought up.
Buying a sports hijab can be tricky. It must be the perfect marriage of form and function. It needs stand up to the rigors of high impact exercise, be lightweight, wick sweat, stay in place, and hopefully look as stylish as our everyday hijab. To this end, I put two sports hijab brands, Capsters and Asiya, to the test.
This story isn’t just about Muslim girls or Islam. Women in what has been dubbed “the modesty movement” have been working hard to find ways to stay active and stay true to their roots. In an industry dominated by spandex and sports-bras, there was little out there designed specifically for women that was lightweight, breathable, and gave proper coverage. For years many women compensated by layering or simply staying home.