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Being Black and Struggling With Body Image

There is a common misperception that body image issues and eating disorders primarily affect young, white women. Now one woman is sharing her story and busting that myth. [Trigger warning]

22-year-old Jenna is certainly not alone. Women and men of all ages, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations struggle with disordered eating--especially in a culture where everyone is surrounded by messages telling us that there is such a thing as physical "perfection" and, well, none of us can seem to quite reach it. But time and time again, we hear from people who feel like their stories are invisible when eating disorders get discussed in mainstream media. And that needs to change. We need to start acknowledging that these illnesses do not discriminate. [ABC News/Nightline]


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