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[User Picture]From: marsinthestars Date: January 6th, 2006 - 04:00 am (Link)
Eating disorders are rarely about vanity. Some begin as vanity, but mere vanity drives people to liposuction, plastic surgery, and tons of makeup or obsessive looking in the mirror, not starving themselves or vomiting their food.

Eating disorders are about control. Controling what enters the body. Anorexia controls what goes in altogether, but in a way I guess bulimia is "easier" because it's easier to hide- you eat like a normal person, or even more than a normal person, but you're not keeping any of the calories.

And yes, I think many people with bulimia (or anorexia) successfully hide it for quite awhile. They know that what they're doing isn't "ok".
[User Picture]From: blk Date: January 6th, 2006 - 04:17 am (Link)
Ditto this. It's NOT about looks or weight. That may be the side effect, and one of the things you can measure to see what's going on, but the main idea is about having obsessive control over your own body, even to the point of starving it.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 6th, 2006 - 04:15 pm (Link)
Obviously I don't really know much about it. Otherwise I wouldn't have needed to ask "what's up with dat?" But I just have to believe that some obsession over looks is in it. Especially given the skinnyness competition that was going on with her and her clique (also including Nicole Ritchie and Mary-Kate Olsen). I'm sure its a control freak problem, but she definitely seemed to have a physical goal in mind. And other girls that I've talked to in real life who have defended their eating habits seem to very much be of the "I'm just trying to look good" mindset. Maybe that's an excuse, but its at least something they've said.

But yeah, I totally get that its complex.

Oh, I love the userpic there.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 6th, 2006 - 04:11 pm (Link)
oh, its certainly hidable for a while. But I get the impression from many stories I've heard (and Lindsay's in particular) that she "didn't realize it was a problem." And that's hard to believe. I mean she was aware that everyon thought she had breast implants from the billion or so tabloid articles about it, so she had to be aware that everyone thought she had an eating disorder. And having listened to her talk on previous occasions, I also think its pretty clear that there is a good deal of vanity in there. She wants to look good. I can believe that she deluded herself into thinking she was ugly/fat and needed to do something about it. But I don't get how she "suddenly realized she'd gone too far" from Lorne Michaels telling her. sundaygray gets into that a bit in her comment below.

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