November 8th, 2007


i read an article today about "diabulimia" -- diabetics who skip their insulin shots while eating a refined-carbohydrate diet in order to lose weight. of course, it addresses the serious health complications of doing so and why no one in their right mind should attempt it.

but i don't know what to think about their classification of it as a bona fide "eating disorder." i've included a few snippets of the article under the cut (the actual article is pretty long, but can be found here) that talk about this condition as an eating disorder.

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i had never heard of this before, but a quick google search returns a multitude of results. i guess this has a lot to do with the question, what constitutes an eating disorder? is it, like i think this article suggests, a willingness to go to physical extremes and endanger one's own life in order to lose weight? and thereby being more about a person's actions than their psychiatric state, which is what i have always thought of as key to an eating disorder diagnosis? what do you all think?

Another Update to the Swallow Excerpts Page (**may be triggering**)

Hi all,

Since people have expressed an interest in being notified, I've updated my web site to include to new, in-progress drafts of vignettes to be included in Swallow, my book of ED-related fiction. (I am an MFA'd Writer [School of the Art Institute of Chicago].) I have also added some new poetry & stories to my portfolio. As the excerpts from #39 on are just drafts, I'd love any feedback you have to offer, even if it seems like something negative to you.

I'd like to point out to everyone that you can sign up for my e-mail list to be notified of substantial updates to the site, including new books, CDs, photographs, and of course new additions to my portfolio. I do not share your private information with anyone, and you don't need to worry about your inbox becoming clogged with messages from me--I send them out generally once a month at most.

On that front, I have a new chapbook currently in production. You can read about it here.

Thanks for reading! & thanks for any feedback you may have!


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