African-American Women and Eating Disorders: Depression, and the Strong Black Woman Archetype              By Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS

Vol. 30 / No. 5 — Eating Disorders Review

While eating disorders have long been considered a “white woman’s problem,” recent findings show that eating disorders are becoming a major health issue for black women. Black women are sometimes assumed to be less susceptible to body dissatisfaction, based on the notion that African-American culture embraces larger or curvier body types than does the dominant culture. While some research does suggest that AN is less common in black women than in white women,1 recurrent binge eating occurs at higher rates in black women than in white women.1

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