Twenty years ago, people weren’t familiar with the eating disorder lingo. Anorexia and Bulimia would have required a dictionary – unless you’d had some personal experience or heard of Karen Carpenter.
Ten years ago, size zero, if it existed, remained the other side of the Atlantic; anorexia was a rich girl’s disease; and, bulimia was something that went on behind doors in American universities.
Today, it’s part of the landscape: a very 21st century disease.
Or is it?
Eating disorders may be far more possible – and, dare I say it, far more acceptable – in today’s society; but the emotional context’s not that dissimilar from stuff that people were describing years ago -
It’s just the manifestation and the response that’s different.
This section looks at where eating disorders fit into today’s society – and how food has been used to handle some age old emotional baggage–