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WiseButAngrySara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 11:48 AM
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47. One of my dearest friends is the director of an eating disorders clinic in
a large medical center in a metropoliitan city. Interestingly, she had anorexia, AND she had a twin sister, who had no problems at all with eating, nor did her mother. She believes that the trigger for the onset of her disease was when her twin sister was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, requiring amputation. She has interviewed thousands of young women suffering with anorexia and/or bullimia, and believes like I do, that it is largely psychosocial. She believes firmly in the parental role and the role of the media, although does not discount the possiblilty of genetics playing a minor role, nor do I. She told me a few years ago that a history of sexual abuse was very frequently observed in many of these women, and I didn't believe her until I had researched it independently. I met her socially without knowledge of our shared interest in eating disorders; that was just an added bonus to our friendship.

I had anorexia years ago, before it was discussed in the media. I know exactly what triggered my disease. It was my mother's fear of me getting fat. I was 5'6" and weighed 125 pounds (the most I've ever weighed in my life). I was nominated as runner up to 'Most Beautiful' by my high school peers, and was popular enough, so it was never peer pressure. It was my mother's fear of fat and my father's tacit approval
that triggered my anorexia, which lasted for several years. I starved myself to "be ye perfect", and the fasting got easier and easier; one just lost interest in food, and the starvation decreases the hunger pangs. I weighed 90 pounds at my low point, and still thought I was fat. I was so insane, that terror gripped me before I would step on the bathroom scale! I haven't owned a scale in years, and my weight has been steady at 118 pounds for as many years.

Ironically, the fasting increased my spiritual interest. It was my father's concern for me that made me realize that I was not the only one in the universe that believed that they couldn't eat. And that started the healing, reading everything I could on the subject, and at that time Hilda Bruch was the primary author. I have thankfully, been healed for years. My mother has always been thin, as has my sister (whom I've suspected of having an eating disorder herself), and they both restrict their calories, but always hide it by saying that they can eat whatever they want, having lucky metabolism. My sister is repeating the lies of my mother. Thank God I'm out of that sick mind-set. Do I think that this is genetic because my mother and sister seem to have eating disorders of some sort? Not in the slightest. It is vanity, and wanting to live up to sick social norms.

BTW, I have a masters degree in biochemistry and an MD, and am trained in pathology. So, if you think for one minute that I'm in any way ignorant about genetics, you are so wrong.

Be grateful that I disagreed with your post that 50% of eating disorders are genetic. You certainly got more responses that way. Genetic studies are often done to support a preconceived notion about what scientists want to believe.

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