Guess the celebrity, from Gawker:
"This super skinny A/B lister has always blamed her skinny weight on her incredible metabolism and good genes. Well, we know that every time she goes out to a restaurant, she purges her food in the bathroom. That's not the gossip here. The real story is why she does it. Her eating disorder apparently started as a diet competition between her and another celeb starlet. The two were competing for a very big role a few years ago (a role which our actress did not get) and the two openly made a goal to "underweight" one another. The celeb who got the part, lost the weight in a healthy way and moved on, but our star's ED stuck. So sad! Not: Megan Fox."
The real story on why she does it? Because she has a mental illness, the same as me and any of the other people I've met in treatment.
Certainly, everyone's story is unique and deserves to be heard. The exact descriptions of the triggers and whys and hows and whats are going to be different, and that's fine. But "why" someone continues to engage in ED behaviors? That's because they have an eating disorder. These behaviors are usually fueled by a variety of different factors (for me, perfectionism and reduction of anxiety were two major ones), but trust me--no one continues an eating disorder because they just want to star in a movie. Their eating disorder continues because it's an illness. It's not vanity. It's not some vapid starlet trying to win a Hollywood role. It's an eating disorder.
This person (please don't guess in the comments! That is not the point of the post!) "got" an eating disorder because she had the neurobiological wiring and then tried to lose weight--assuming that the story is correct. You can't just "get" an eating disorder the same way you "get" a cold or the flu. The weight loss competition for the part simply started the snowball rolling. And the nature of the eating disorder kept it going.
Guess the celebrity, from Gawker:
- binge eating disorder
- biology of EDs
- body image
- disordered eating
- eating disorder
- Grand Theory of Eating Disorders
- narrating anorexia
- normal eating
- obesity hysteria
- weight gain
- weight loss
- Carrie Arnold
- I'm a science writer, a jewelry design artist, a bookworm, a complete geek, and mom to a wonderful kitty. I am also recovering from a decade-plus battle with anorexia nervosa. I believe that complete recovery is possible, and that the first step along that path is full nutrition.
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nour·ish: (v); to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth; to cherish, foster, keep alive; to strengthen, build up, or promote
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