Eating Disorders in Black Families: Black Kids Get Eating Disorders Too by Frieda Millhouse-Jones, M.D.
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By Frieda Millhouse-Jones, M.D.
I’m a physician, but my internalized belief that eating disorders are a disease of affluent white women blinded me from recognizing disordered eating in my own household. In retrospect, the clues were all there.
A few months back, I received the email, “Eating Disorder Panel Q & A.” My physician colleague had become very experienced at caring for eating disorder patients. I arrived and took a seat in the second row. I looked at the panel—all white except for one African American therapist. They began the discussion with overviews of the various types of eating disorders and introduced useful screening tools. I quietly thought, this is interesting, but I’ll never see this in my primarily African American patient base.
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