Gene Expression

Black Girls Are 50 Percent More Likely To Be Bulimic Than White Girls:

Rather, girls who are African American are 50 percent more likely than girls who are white to be bulimic, the researchers found, and girls from families in the lowest income bracket studied are 153 percent more likely to be bulimic than girls from the highest income bracket.

“As it turns out, we learned something surprising from our data about who bulimia actually affects, not just who is diagnosed,” says USC economist Michelle Goeree.

Surprised me. Then again, whenever when I watched Law & Order on the airplane I’m shocked at how many white people who live in the Upper East Side are suffering from crime in New York City….


  1. #1 Donna B.
    March 26, 2009

    This is really interesting because having lived in the South for years, it’s ‘common knowledge’ that black men like girls with big butts. It’s also ‘common knowledge’ that black women are likely to be heavier than white women.

    Anecdotal of course, but as a white woman with a big butt, I have first hand knowledge of the comments. (and am not bothered by them, but rather appreciative…)

    So, I have to ask if lower income black women are trying to emulate upper class white women.

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