Dangerous Message, Wrong Messenger

We've read plenty of articles about the messenger. This one is about the message.  Eat less. Move more. Avoid fat. So says Michelle Obama and the federal government. The message sounds like the tormented thoughts of a person with anorexia nervosa, an intractable mental illness that traps the person in a cycle of starvation and manic exercise. One out of every hundred teenage girls will develop anorexia nervosa, and the number is rising. The percentage of boys affected is lower, at about .3%, but is also increasing rapidly. Meanwhile, the prognosis for a full and permanent recovery is poor, with some studies showing a recovery rate of less than 40%. Even more shocking, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It is estimated that between 5% and 20% of those afflicted will die from it, either from health complications or because they commit suicide. Bottom line: America's adolescents are starving themselves. And in no small numbers. All-the-while the...(Read Full Post)