Over the past few years, I’ve had 6 close friends that have struggled with anorexia — in 2 cases, to the point of hospitalization. Eating disorders are so complicated. I feel like I’ve learned a ton about them and still know almost nothing. And in conversations with both friends and strangers, it’s easy to see how much confusion and misunderstanding about the topic exists.
As a parent of six, I wonder if an eating disorder will be part of our family at some point, and we try to speak openly about the subject with our children. How about you? Is this a topic of concern at your house? Any specific ways you’ve addressed it?