February 3rd, 2006

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Common myths about people with eating disorders

What do you find are some common myths about people who have eating disorders?
What are some assumptions that you and/or other people have about people with EDs?

For example (and I feel guilty for this), when I find young girls who are thin and extremely intelligent in some of my classes, I begin to assume that they have an eating disorder. Regardless of whether or not it's true, this is just a myth or an image. It is bad on my part that I'm assuming this, but I feel that it relates to specific things that I have learned on eating disorders.

If you want me to articulate more, I guess I can. It's been a long day.
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my first post...about immediate family, nature v nurture and EDs

i'm curious if anyone else here has anyone else in their immediate family (siblings, parents) with EDs. And if so, how does this affect you (for example, i feel like i am competing with my sisters which has a large affect on me). do you feel that your ED and your immediate family member have an eating disorder due to genetics or outside influences or both?

one of my sisters was a laxative abuser, one of them over exercises (about 3 1/2 everyday) to make up for overeating and my mom fasts after binges. that makes 3 (myself included) of 5 sisters in my family eating disordered. and i feel like for me, and my family members it's both genetic and external influences.

how about others, nature or nurture for your ED?
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