January 26th, 2006

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I searched through the memories and I don't think this was covered, so if I am wrong, please feel free to point me there.

That being said: I've heard/seen many complaints over the lack of education in school systems when it comes to eating disorders around here.  I, myself, believe this to be true.  In my own experiences of looking thru college texts I am amazed at how little they say and/or how stereotypical they are.  Before I found this LJ, I just thought not much research was done on these sort of things. Many texts still site the rich-white-girl-with-overbearing-parents-who-push-her-too-hard-to-be-perfect reason behind anorexia. But only anorexia, not bulima, not ed-nos, not BED/COE.  Now I realize (because of being a member here) that a lot of scientific research/articles/essays are out there.  So my question to you ladies is:

What do you think should be in text books? From an eating disordered ( or someone who is not disordered, but thinks the knowledge out there is minimal) persons point of view? Should they focus more on criteria for all EDs? Or more focus on the mental aspect?  Do you think that since most texts mainly focusing on anorexia this may be a part of why it is considered the "best ED"?


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To start off, whether you idvidually believe that complete recovery (either a new person with no fixation on foods - for example they could be choosing a healthy fresh salad sandwich for lunch whilst out, and think well I'll get something healthy and won't think of the calories & would have left the persons mind by a few hours later) and to have a healthy-enough body image) is irrelevant.

There are lots of 'recovered' anorexics that are very much positive and 'love your body', such as those who have had eating disorders and now run groups, etc.

Do you believe that those who have recovered from any type of eating disorder, and are the right body shape for them, have a better body image than the rest of 'normal' society? Simply because, with the years of treatment, such as gaining weight/losing weight and therapy, they have been taught to eat all the right things and to exercise and to be a positive person?

I'm starting to think, seeing as we are in a society which fairly well 90% of the people I know would think 'Oh, god, I shouldn't have eaten that, I'm going to get fat' whereas recovered people would perhaps automatically cringe at the person in their head, because they perhaps know that one chocolate won't hurt and that they shouldn't feel guilty.

So, do 'recovered' people from eating disorders have a more positive outlook on foods/clothes/general health and life than 'regular' people?
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