Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat

Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat

A Story of Bulimia

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the African-American author's struggles with bulimia and body issues while offering insight into how the course of her disorder was influenced by perspectives that bulimia is a white woman's condition, in an account that describes her related battles with self-hatred and shame. Original.

Independent Publishing Group
Stephanie Covington Armstrong does not fit the stereotype of a woman with an eating disorder. She grew up poor and hungry in the inner city. Foster care, sexual abuse, and overwhelming insecurity defined her early years. But the biggest difference is her race: Stephanie is black.
In this moving first-person narrative, Armstrong describes her struggle as a black woman with a disorder consistently portrayed as a white woman’s problem. Trying to escape her selfhatred and her food obsession by never slowing down, Stephanie becomes trapped in a downward spiral. Finally, she can no longer deny that she will die if she doesn’t get help, overcome her shame, and conquer her addiction to using food as a weapon against herself.
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Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781556527869
Branch Call Number: 616.8526 COVIN COVIN
Characteristics: xiii, 241 pages ; 23 cm


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