March 27th, 2005

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I honestly have no clue whether this is "on-topic" enough to warrant not being deleted, but I just wanted to know more about the Terry Schiavo case. I've tried looking it up on a couple different search engines but the majority of what I am finding is news articles about the situation at present, and not much about what led up to this point.

What I know is that she was bulimic and that a potassium imbalance in her body caused her to have a heart attack and as a result she suffered a high degree of cell death in her brain, resulting in severe mental retardation. I know that there's a heated battle going on over whether or not to keep her on the feeding tube that's been keeping her alive for the past fifteen years, but that information is all that I know.

Does anyone have any relevant information on the topic, or can anyone direct me to a website(s) where I might be able to learn more?

Thanks in advance.

thoughts on ED literature

basically this started as a long-winded rant when I was commenting on another topic earlier today.

but anyodd!

* what do y'all think of what has been written on eating disorders? are the images it contrives to the non-eating disordered accurate? *

here's my personal schbiel on it:

although I've obviously read less on the subject than many others in this community, what I HAVE read has been of little or no value. it seems that stereotypes are maintained and/or progressed in practically everything I've read on the topic (which, I maintain, hasn't been a lot, but I've definitely read more on it than the average person.)

what I generally see in ED literature:
-there are only two or three eating disorders (always anorexia and bulimia, sometimes COE is mentioned).
-mainly upper-middle class white teens "get" them.
-everyone should BLAME THE MEDIA! sometimes dysfunctional families, too.
-sometimes it's a "phase" (?)
-EDs are only caused by a need to control and cope.

I know I could think of some more, and they'll probably come to me about 4 seconds after I post this. anyway, chat away, ed_ucate.

this just came to me, and I think it kind of plays into the stereotype topic.

- has anyone noticed that whenever someone loses weight in hollywood, one of the first questions asked is, "like, OMG! is it an eating disorder?!" (ex: lindsay lohan)

especially in those tabloid-y magazines. *sigh*

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I've wondered about the role race plays in the devlopment of eating disorders quite a bit, and I was wondering what you guys thought.
How many of you guys here aren't white females?

I know that these articles say that girls with Latin and African-American backgrounds are less likely to develop eating disorders because voluptuous bodies are considered more attractive, but I was wondering if you guys think this is the actual cause?

After posting this I decided to look through the memories, and there was this:

I see that there are quite a few of you here who aren't white females. A couple of comments in this post eluded to family treatment? The article I posted above also talked about class structure and eating disorders, so I'm going to change my question a little bit.

For those of you who aren't white females, what kind of family did you grow up in? Do you think your class, education, location, and family had a major impact on the development of your eating disorder?
I guess you can answer this if you are a white female as well, I'm curious.

Riding the wave

This might be too personal for an entry, so if it is, just let me know, I'll get rid of it.

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I didn't mean to get so personal. if it's along the lines of too personal, just let me know and I'll post it in my journal. I just wanted to post and see if anyone else felt this way from time to time.