As I walked to the library, I scanned students' hung projects. I stopped at the project about Anorexia Nervosa. Photoshopped images! Stereotypical "fun facts!" Enraged, I hung the following notice alongside the project.
Many of these photos (especially those of models on the runway, backstage, and on set) were edited. Visit http://jeanluc.croix.free.fr/comparaisonimages.htm [graphic emaciation] to compare the "Photoshopped" and original photos.
Many anorectics are emaciated (i.e. their body mass indices are less than 15 kg/m²), but many are not. Although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) provides a specific weight criterion for Anorexia Nervosa (15+% underweight), it sometimes is inapplicable (one of the movements among people with eating disorders and eating-disorder specialists is to develop more-applicable diagnostic criteria). As always, diagnosticians have discretion.
Many anorectics and people with related eating disorders do have distorted perception, but many do not. Anorexia Nervosa and related eating disorders are not "about" fatness or thinness. Marya Hornbacher elucidates in Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia.
The following Web sites provide more information.
Anonymous and anorectic
How would you edit my notice? What would you do?