don't have to be embarassed
about knowing so few facts about
eating disorders--personal experience
is so much more important that
clinic statistics. As for basic
facts--you can contact the National
Institute on Mental Health
at 202-833-5900. Per government
classification, eating disorders
are a mental health disease
rather than a physical illness.
As for books, there is:
Girls by Joan Brumberg
Perspectives on Eating Disorders
edited by Patricia Fallon,
Melanie A. Katzman, and Susan
Less specific, but equally valuable,
visit the FEMINIST.COM
Bookstore for these books
and other ideas.
Beauty Myth by Naomi
Wolf Little Girls in
Pretty Boxes by Joan
I have also read articles on
this topic in Essence
Magazine and Ms.
Magazine. You might also
consider speaking to a professional.
You can try using FEMINIST.COM's
searchable nationwide database
to find an Eating Disorder Treatment
Center near you.
I hope the above is helpful.
Good luck and thank you for
taking the time to educate others
on the subject--education could
be the first step toward eradication.