In McKinney & Associates’ continued quest to promote health equity for all and as part of our Be Well campaign to encourage Black women’s overall health, we share today’s TheRoot.com blog post on a startling topic in Black women’s health: bulimia. This is a conversation stereotypically reserved for White women.
TheRoot.com article, “Blacks With Bulimia: A Secret in Plain Sight,” points to a 2009 study that African American women were 50 percent more likely to be bulimic than White women, in ranging income brackets. So why aren’t we talking about it more?
For some, unmanaged stress levels leading to overeating, past traumas and struggles with ethnic identity are contributing factors—not necessarily a desire to be thinner, as one would assume. Generations of Black women have learned to stand strong, smile and push through life while shouldering massive weights of injustices inflicted upon them. But being strong also means leaning on others when your inner strength needs recharging. We are advocating for better health on all levels, including a healthy self-image and seeking help to be emotionally and mentally well. Our women are far too valuable.
Read more here: http://www.theroot.com/views/black-women-bulimia-hiding-plain-sight