This week is National Eating Disorders Week, and events are scheduled throughout the country to raise public awareness as to eating disorders and to provide support for those who have suffered because of them. My 22-year-old daughter is heading up the events sponsored by the women’s center at her college. Tonight they will be holding a candlelight vigil for all who have suffered or died because of eating disorders. Tomorrow participants will be taking their bathroom scales apart and replacing the numbers on the scale with messages of encouragement and hope. Wednesday a guest speaker will be speaking, and there are panel discussions and other events scheduled throughout the week.
I am proud of my daughter, who has struggled mightily with eating disorders, for the amazing and courageous work she has undertaken for her own sake and for the sake of all women. I have struggled with eating disorders myself, and I still do from time to time. It’s lethal. Patriarchy’s obsession with thinness and with regulating the bodies of girls and women is killing us, killing our girls, killing women; it has to end.