Monday, May 18, 2009

From Essence Magazine page 90

Suffering in Silence

Let's end the myth that only white girls have eating disorders. A new study published by the University of Southern California found that African-American girls are 50 percent more likely to be bulimic that girls who are white.

For some reason this doesn't surprise me. I have notice within the last few years that the Black women of Baltimore seem to fall on the far ends of the weight polls. In other words, the Black women are very slim or very heavy. There are not many who fall in between. I think some of this could be a result of trying to look like video girls but for the majority of sisters, their bulimia is a result of other problems. Child hood abuse, being a single mother, working numerous jobs, not feeling attractive are all possible reasons why the rate of bulima is much higher amongst black women.