12/23/2014 09:11 am ET Updated Dec 23, 2014

My Eating Disorder Was Ignored Because I'm Black

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My disordered eating all started in a very simple, innocent way. When I was in elementary school, I was a picky eater. I became underweight and my parents kept me at the dinner table for what felt like forever in order to make sure I finished my food.

People then commented about my small size, but I never took the comments to be negative.

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