National Eating Disorder Awareness Month

Honestly, I didn’t know there was such a thing, but apparently February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month. Eating disorders are a bit of a mystery to me. I was a chubby kid growing up—clearly eating disorders never gained a foothold. So if eating disorders are alien to you too, Dr. Deborah Serani offers up some quick factoids, like these uncategorized eating disorders:
*Eating problems with some, but not all, of the characteristics of a full-fledged eating disorder; for example, people who severely restrict food intake, but who do not meet the full criteria for anorexia nervosa

*Chewing food and spitting it out (without swallowing)

*Bingeing and purging irregularly, such as at times of increased stress
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Jude - February 5, 2007 2:55 PM

Since I grew up with a family of step-cousins who were all fat (and eventually mostly moved into the category of morbidly obese), your comment that "I was a chubby kid growing up—clearly eating disorders never gained a foothold" doesn't make sense. My cousin was 10 years old when her mother taught her how to be bulimic with the words, "Here's how I control my weight." She eventually weighed 530 pounds because of a hyper-efficient metabolism which stored everything, created probably by binging, purging, and dieting. I also had a severely overweight friend who went from being anorexic to being fat because the doctor told her that she should never starve herself again. In other words, eating disorders are far more complex than your article indicates.

Michael - February 6, 2007 8:07 AM

I am also puzzled by your article. Binge eating is a disorder much the same as bulimia and anorexia is. Being overweight as a child means you are much more likely to have weight problems as an adult. If obesity itself isn't a result of an eating disorder, what is it?

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