To be a Black woman that has an eating disorder is almost unheard of. For decades, the African-American community has been conditioned to believe that eating disorders are just “a white woman’s disease,” but that’s not the case. The fact of the matter is that anyone, including Black women, can have body issues. Here are five Black female celebrities who were courageous enough to share their stories.
With a hit television show, successful music career and her own Barbie doll at just 20 years old, Brandy was on top of the world, but her life was far from perfect. “I just wanted to be thin, that was like my main thing and so I started not taking care of myself. Not eating properly, not eating at all. Diet pills, regurgitating … and all of these things that girls do,” she revealed in a 2012’s Behind The Music.
2. Janet Jackson
Sex symbol and music icon Janet Jackson is often criticized for her fluctuating weight, but after years of yo-yo dieting and binge eating, the eight-time Grammy winner finally has her weight under control. Following her dramatic weight loss in 2012, Jackson told People magazine, “I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost, only because I stay away from the scale. I don’t think [stepping on the scale] is healthy.”
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