I read an article the other day that actually said, “Anorexia is about what she sees in the mirror.” I wanted to scream!
I am not saying that an eating disorder has nothing to do with what girls see in the mirror. But for someone to make an emphatic statement like that implies this is ALL anorexia is about.
It is misleading and written by someone who does not understand eating disorders. I cannot state strongly enough; anorexia and bulimia is not just about what she sees in the mirror.
This belief is partly why people don’t have empathy or enough compassion for those with eating disorders. They believe it is the “vanity” disorder. It is not.
An eating disorder is a complex mental disorder. There are multiple things that contribute to the development of anorexia or bulimia.
Research is showing there is a significant biological component in the development of eating disorders. Many girls have mothers, siblings, aunts or