Food is an important part of Black culture, expression, and history, but it is often underrepresented in research on eating disorders. Previous research has shown that Black women experience eating disorders comparable to White women when measured using the Questionnaire for Eating Disorder Diagnoses. In light of this, I wanted to know the stories behind women that might exhibit eating disorder symptoms. I used oral histories gathered from three women in my family and autoethnography to amplify the voices of Black women. I found that of my small sample size, 50% felt that they had an unhealthy relationship with food which could be linked to eating disorder symptoms. These findings help further the conversation around Black women and their complex relationship with food. Continuing to expand on the research of Black women and food helps dispute negative stereotypes and taboos.
"Soul Food and Soul Searching: How the Relationship between Food in Black Culture and Racialized Beauty Standards Can Lead to Disordered Eating Symptoms in Black Women,"
Venture: The University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 4, Article 6.
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