This workshop focuses on the unique experiences of African-American women on predominantly White college campuses (PWC), that contribute to eating disorder vulnerability and body image conflicts in this population that remains marginalized in the eating disorders literature. Recommendations for effective and culturally sensitive care, assessment and diagnoses are offered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Workshop participants will compare and contrast some important similarities and differences between African-American Women and White women on classification and correlates of eating disorders.
  2. Workshop participants will examine some of the complex experiences unique to African-American women that contribute to an increased vulnerability to disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction.
  3. Workshop participants will explore reasons for the significant prevalence of recurrent binge eating and obesity in African-American women and the impact on their emotional and physical wellness.

Charlynn Small, PhD, CEDS
Mazella B. Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS