"I was very upset with them"

The new Miss America has dedicated her year in the spotlight to eating disorder awareness. Naturally, my first question was: what role did her parents play in her recovery?

“I was very upset with them. I was completely in denial and didn’t think I had a problem,” she said. “I thought I was just dieting."

Getting treatment, she says, “wasn’t really my choice,” adding that her parents, two “health professionals,” forced her to see a doctor.

One more reminder that parents must step up and insist on care, the best care they can find, and not wait for the patient to ask - or even agree.


  1. It's hard for parents to take that step, but often it is the most important parenting they can do.


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