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We Need to Talk About Eating Disorders in the Black Community

February 23, 2022
VeryWell Mind

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Over 28 million Americans will struggle with disordered eating at some point in their life.1 Despite the large numbers of people who deal with eating disorders, the issue is still taboo among many in the Black community. Experts say the value placed on food has a lot to do with it.

“[Food] is a love language. It’s something that communicates, you are important to me, you matter to me. The thought that any type of relationship with eating could be disordered, I think, is a little culturally shocking, because we have such a loving relationship [with food],” explains Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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