While I love seeing people I know in the newspapers and am glad to see my friends quoted I frown to see that these friends are being taken out of context and messages that damage families* are free to roam the earth.

Sometimes the rebuttals to these poorly conceived messages just go on to spread another failed idea**.

I happen to know that the people quoted in this story believe media is of marginal importance and that the illness can't be reduced to that narrow story line. But, of course, in speaking about a complex issue they of course will cover more ground than ends up being published.

*that media messages are causing childhood eating disorders.
**that childhood EDs are not about the media but in older patients they are.


  1. "Media literacy" is an important subject, not because it's going to prevent Eating Disorders any more than it's going to prevent cancer or flu, but in its own right to prevent the things that media illiteracy does lead to - needless anxiety, jumping to conclusions, fury.... I was amazed, having no idea how documentaries were made, to see how little of the hours and hours of footage taken in the production of one were used and how the producers slanted everything towards their chosen point of view.

  2. Being the person in this particular piece, I did spend over an hour talking to the journalist. However, I was reduced to 4 lines of stuff that fitted in with the storyline. Sadly, this has made both my daughter and I leery of talking again. Not because we are ashamed, but because they never seem to listen to what we are saying. Sigh.


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