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08:43 pm - on bulimia and anorexia...

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[User Picture]From: sundaygray Date: January 6th, 2006 - 04:58 pm (Link)
So, I don't know as much about bulimia as I do about anorexia.... but I'm actually surprised that she lost all that weight from being just bulimic. What little I experience I have with bulimics is that the weight loss is slower, less drastic.... but I can't generalize that to a whole population really. Sometimes anorexia and bulimia work together. They are still both about an attempt to regain control. Binge-purge just works it differently. Think of it as peak and trough. The desire for food is overwhelming, but then there's guilt for having consumed so much. I don't know. These are just my ideas based on the people I've talked to (spend enough time in the hospital and you get to talk to everyone).

I'm sure there's actual first person accounts out there of what it is like to have this disease. If you are genuinely mystified/curious as to how it works, maybe you should research it further. One interview with a prominent media personality isn't going to yield very much actual information. Firstly, she's going to edit herself, because she knows what she's saying will be read by zillions of people. Secondly, the interviewer/writer is going to edit her to spin the piece a certain way or to get so many column-inches from it.

I'm sorry if this reply is hurried. My cab is coming any minute now. If you reply to this message and I don't respond, it is because I'll be out of town until late Sunday night and my internet access is questionable.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 6th, 2006 - 06:15 pm (Link)
point well taken on the editting of the celebrity. And I was specifically trying to take that into account. But the only information I can go on is the information I have. So that's what I was addressing. I also have to believe that any real person who was suffering from the problem (or any problem really) would probably do similar editting. That's fair. But still, I like hearing what people have to say.

I am curious, definitely. But I don't know that I am research curious. As with everything else I talk about here, I'm actually a lot more interested in what "my readers" think than specific real data. I can't really explain why that is. I'm certainly not trying to publish a factual paper or anything. Its more like connecting with the audience or something. I dunno. Over the past several years of blogging, I've become quite fond of the process of ranting on my thoughts and hearing the feedback. Someong get me a HOVA-damn newspaper column. *sigh*

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