Love the article, hate the title

I am not happy to the word "cling" in the title, but the article is interesting and the research even more so: Why Anorexic Patients Cling To Their Eating Disorder

We really need to know are two things, it seems to me:

  • What is the impact of nutrition on these symptoms?
  • How effective are the available therapies in influencing this rigidity?


  1. Laura,

    You raise a really good point- the usage of "cling" implies a deliberateness and conscious choice that isn't really there in EDs.

    On the other hand, I like how "cling" gives the impression that EDs can be sort of a psychological security blanket by reducing anxiety.

    I can personally relate to a lot of the findings, and I thought the research was fascinating.

  2. I always tell people, "I don't have an eating disorder, an eating disorder has *me*." That's how it feels.

  3. I do understand the problematic way that "cling" implies choice where often there is none. However, keep in mind that that many of us who are recovering from eating disorders and are stable enough to be nutritionally sound, thinking clearly, etc. still consciously and knowingly "cling" to whatever parts of the e.d. we can. Eating disorders are self-protective mechanisms and thus, even those of us who are stable often cling to what we can for long periods of time.


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