Curvy. Thick. Brick house. Bootylicious. Voluptuous. Phat. These are some of the words commonly used to describe black women’s bodies, but rarely do we hear about black folks’ complicated relationship with food.
While our community suffers from alarming obesity rates (as do most Americans), most people incorrectly assume black folks don’t have eating disorders.
The problem? Eating disorders are typically seen in a few ways: anorexia and bulimia.
Rarely do we see emotional eating and chronic overeating as a disorder. We write off those who engage in such behaviors as lazy and undisciplined, but in order to help our community to tackle our food issues, perhaps when need to start looking at our views toward food a little differently.
Recently, the folks behind the terrific web series Black Folk Don’t tackled the issue of eating disorders in the black community. And while some of our sisters and brothers do indeed struggle with anorexia and bulimia, overeating and our unhealthy relationship with food hamper many more.
Take a look.