“When people think of eating disorders, the image is often of an emaciated, white teenage girl in the hospital hooked up to feeding tubes. In fact, eating disorders are varied in how they present in a person, and they certainly do not ‘look’ a certain way.
Eating disorders occur in all cultures, ethnicities, age groups, genders, and socioeconomic groups. Eating disorders do not discriminate.
So, no, eating disorders do not ‘look’ a certain way, and you cannot tell by looking at a person if they for sure have an eating disorder.”
Melissa Geraghty is a psychologist and can be reached on Twitter @mindfuldrg.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “3 eating disorder myths that health care professionals should debunk.”
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