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"Armstrong's perspective . . . will go a long way toward breaking down the myths about eating disorders that are preventing so many, many people of color from seeking the treatment they need."  —Aimee Liu, author, Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders



"Armstrong's intimate account of her battles with eating disorders shatters many longstanding myths and opens a space for those who have been silent for so long to speak . . . and be heard."  —Jaime Pressly, actress, My Name is Earl, and author, It's Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger Than the Town You're From


"Hurrah for a woman bold enough to throw open the closet door and tell the truth about her relationship with food."  —Hill Harper, actor, CSI: NY, and author, Letters to a Young Brother



"The sooner we . . . confront all of the issues—like food addiction, depression, and sexual abuse—that keep us hurting and hiding, the sooner we can begin to heal. Armstrong's book is an answer to millions of black women's prayers."  —Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, author, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression



"Harrowing and compelling . . . a long-overdue look at eating disorders among African American women . . . a gripping read [with] universal appeal."  —Stephen McCauley, author, The Object of My Affection

About the Author

Stephanie Covington Armstrong is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for Essence, Mademoiselle, Sassy, and Venice magazines. Her essay on bulima, "Fear and Loathing," is included in the forthcoming Norton anthology The Black Body. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556527861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527869
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a black woman who suffers from anorexia who doesn't often see people like myself in treatment, I was glad to finally hear about a black woman's struggles with an eating disorder. I understand that this book represents her path through recovery. 12-Step models don't work for me but I do respect that this was her path. I wish she would have spent more time in this book on her journey of recovery. How did she tackle her intimacy issues? How did she meet her first husband and did pregnancy reawaken her bulimia? Has she had relapses? These are a few questions I needed her to answer.
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A loved this book. For a black girl who has also struggled with binges I could of relate to some of the feelings of overeating and feeling too full. The reasons for not giving a perfect score was because a lot of the story was repeated to often.
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Wonderful story of addiction recovery - Stephanie's story of isolation, withdrawal from love and use of food to manage feelings kept me turning pages. Her recovery through community and twelve steps can remind many of us that it is possible to heal.
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Not all Black Girls Know How to Eat is a compelling and brutally truthful account. It dismantles many long held stereotypes and myths in the African-American culture by shining a bright light on some of the traditions that are killing us.

This book is the first step in a journey to take control of our health, wealth, and well-being. I recommend that families read this together and commit to living a healthier, more honest life style.

Keleigh Crigler Hadley author of [...]
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By DMB on September 23, 2010
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It's sad that when it comes to health blacks and whites are viewed differently, therefore getting different care and attention. I too had a body image problem when I was a teen as did most of the girls I grew up with - black and white. It's a human issue. Even culturally blacks and whites in the south or of southern origin have a different view on food then those in the north. Also, when it comes to trauma we are all affected the same which can lead to self destruction no matter what form it comes in. This book really helps to educate the medical profession to change their perspective on race and culture and look at issues for what it is. I am sorry the author had to go through the horrible trauma in her life, but it was an inspirational story for me and many.
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Honest and frank account of living with bulimia. A tough read in parts but I would definitely recommend it as a source of inspiration to those not yet recovered.
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An honest look at how ED can grip anyone, anywhere, anytime. It's not just a 'white girl' disorder.
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