You see, I've noticed that a lot of people around me who have extreme eating disorders (such as AN or compulsive overeating) seem to really enjoy taking care of their fish. They know the specific breeds, what foods are best, what temperature to keep the water, how to keep the pH level correct, etc. Things I have very little interest in.
Has anyone else noticed a pattern like this? Of your friends who have extreme ED's (including EDNOS with severe symptoms), how many are really into fish? Or, perhaps, other pets?
Do you think that perhaps this might have to do with a connection between low self-esteem and the need to spoil others rotten? I.e. "I feel crummy that I'm so disgusting, so I'm going to buy my fishie a cool new plant!" Does giving love to something/someone else make you feel better?
Random, yes. It's late.