This morning I read the following sentence in Sandy Szwarc's most recent post in her Junkfood Science blog:
"Far more young people are dying from anorexia than . . . from being fat."
Tears sprang to my eyes. That is exactly right.
The emphasis on "overweight children and teens" clouds the issue for the public and for health professionals. So long as doctors and the rest of us are so terrified of being fat, and of having our children be fat, lethal eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia will be underdiagnosed, mistreated, and poorly researched.
Thank you, Sandy, for putting it so plainly.