This article was in the NYTimes the day before yesterday. I read it and then couldn't stop thinking about it.
The article is about a 19-year old girl who died from "a heart attack due to complications from an eating disorder." The mother decided to make a documentary about her daughter and her eating disorder, bulimia. The website is: somedaymelissa.com.
My mother's cousin passed away after struggling with anorexia - it began when she was in college. She was in her thirties, she left a wonderful husband and young children. I remember when she came over to our house to swim in our pool for therapy. She was so, so skinny, and so sick by then; she died soon after. I was 15. My mom had always taught me that it was more important to be healthy than skinny; but her words became even more powerful after seeing her cousin suffering.
I think it is something that needs to be talked about more. And I think the problem may escalate as obesity is now a common topic in schools. My 7-year old son starting commenting about how "chubby" he thought he was, just a few weeks after he started 1st grade. I was blown away - he is a stick, and he is a boy!