Thursday, December 01, 2005

Eating Struggles

As someone who adores eating food of every sort, I've always had a hard time understanding anorexia. But Peg Tyre set me straight with her latest story in Newsweek. In "Fighting Anorexia: No One to Blame," she thoroughly and clearly explains how new research shows that the disease is probably hard-wired. She debunks the stereotype that anorexia only strikes teen girls from stressed-out, over-achieving white families, and shows how it can hurt younger children, boys, middle-aged adults and people from all racial and economic backgrounds. By expertly mixing research, expert advice, and the stories of families who have struggled with anorexia, she succeeds in enlightening me about this disease that affects 2.5 million Americans and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.


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