Who Really Gets Eating Disorders?
When it comes to the public understanding of eating disorders, the truth is often obscured by assumptions, stereotypes, and flat-out myths. One of the most insidious is that eating disorders only affect thin, young, white women. While that persona may be in line with the media representation we’ve seen — particularly anorexia — over the decades, the truth is that eating disorders affect people from all walks of life. Eating disorders simply don’t discriminate based on age, body type, gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, or any other characteristic. Anyone can have an eating disorder — and some experts in the research field have dedicated their careers to uncovering the truth behind the enduring myths.
Why We Need to Stop Thinking All People with Eating Disorders are Underweight
When plus-size supermodel Tess Holliday recently revealed that she is in recovery from anorexia, she was met with a barrage of misinformed responses.