I’ve talked a bit on here and in interviews and workshops about the issue of body image in women of color including the realities of eating disorders and the implications of Hollywood’s portrayal of women. I just came across a new non-profit that is hoping to specifially address isues of body image, self-esteem, and eating disorders among women of color. Here is a quote from Kimberly Young, the founder of LoveMyBody. Click on the quote to access more information.
“I battled bulimia for thirteen years,” she says. “As a teenager growing up in America, people who looked like me were never portrayed as beautiful in the media. I wasn’t able to discuss my self-esteem or eating issues because, in general, the public was and still is under the misconception that eating disorders only exist in ‘white’ communities. Ignoring their needs–whether it has to do with body image or with the concept of beauty–leaves minority women with feelings of isolation and confusion, resulting in alarming rates of obesity, eating disorders, and other damaging lifestyle choices.”