Fresh Perspectives on anorexia/bulimia

In the battle against anorexia/bulimia, individuals, the community and social institutions, are either anorexia/bulimia-supporting or fighting against anorexia/bulimia – there is no middle ground.

To treat anorexia/bulimia as a problem merely about food, to believe in a genetic basis of behavior, to simply see the problem as an individual pathology, or to treat the problem only through pharmaceuticals, is extremely pro-anorexic/bulimic. These strategies help to maintain the problem by denying the scope of the problem.

Pro-anorexic/bulimic ideas would have us believe anorexia/bulimia exists in a vacuum: it is a freak of nature, that it is merely a case of bad genes, the temperament of spoiled, little, rich girls.

To take a stance against the problem – to be anti-anorexic/bulimic – is to realize there is a definite and necessary place for medicine in the treatment of anorexia/bulimia. It is also important to realize there are a multitude of social factors living at the very heart of the problem.

  • What if we began to imagine the problem of anorexia/bulimia as a cultural by-product, a dysfunctional western theme, a living reproduction of the social order?
  • What if we were to begin to realize each of us, in our own way, supports and maintains the ideas of anorexia/bulimia.
  • What if we began to locate this problem within a persuasive set of rules for living as dictated by a very persuasive society?

3 Comments

  1. Anorexia is not about not eating!

  2. this is about mental problem, not about eating behavior.

  3. Thank you I am growing tired of being brave and fitihgng the food lies. Lies that say Food will fix that’ instead of Jesus will fix that’.(I’m supposed to be recovered and all better, though sometimes it feels like I’m only pretending to be better in front of people.)

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