From Black Women Blow the Trumpet, a discussion about women who overeat to distort their bodies so they will be less attractive to predatory men in their families and communities, and the effects and issues that come with sexual abuse in general.
I never thought about this connection. Then again, I've never actually personally known a Black woman who was sexually abused (I know too many men and women from other groups). I'm sure that this phenomenon is true of some obese white women, as well. It's amazing what our minds will have us do to cope with trauma. I'd love to see research done on this topic. I don't believe in divestment, but incest and molestation need to be discussed much more openly in this country by people of all races, because this is happens way too often for America to claim that it's a civilized country.