Recently I talked to a mom whose daughter is struggling with anorexia, and she told me about an appointment they'd had with their pediatrician, who'd been quick to notice the issue and to push for early intervention. The doctor said to the girl, "You need to drink a milkshake every day." Then she added, "But of course, it's your choice."
I've heard this kind of story over and over again, and it makes me crazy. As this mom astutely commented, "Would a doctor ever prescribe an antibiotic for an infection, but then say it was your choice whether to take it or not?"
When it comes to anorexia, way too often the medical profession is willing to settle for inadequate treatment and mixed messages. Would a doctor tell a diabetic it was his choice to take insulin?