August 12, 2008
I am a rising Sophomore at the College of William and Mary and I have been working on examining the correlation of race and eating disorders within the United States through a research grant provided by the College and along with a guiding faculty member. I am trying to answer the question of why it is that white women are more likely to suffer (or to be diagnosed with disordered eating patterns) from anorexia and bulimia than black woman. Do the reasons for these eating patterns stem from the media, socioeconomics, differences in racial feminist perspectives, culture, or some other unidentified underlying reason all together. I am hoping to discuss this very personal and very touchy subject with medical professionals and high school clinicians in the Hampton Roads, VA area as well as look at media, memoirs, and previous studies on the issue of why it is that the majority of women whom suffer from eating disorders are white. I will present my findings to the school at large upon returning to campus in the fall. Therefore any resources, guidance, contacts, or just overall support that you could pass along my way would be greatly appreciated.