My usual magazine rack railway rage was diverted to the Daily Mail. Generally I try not to get annoyed at the Daily Fail. It is the Frankie Boyle of the media world spouting bile and prejudice hoping to gain attention. But today, I cracked. At this headline:
Doctors Let Former Private School Girl Die of Anorexia
Accompanied by a suitably winsome picture of a beautiful girl, in a white dress.
Take myself for example. I'm one of those 'welfare brats' who has never had a job and lives off the taxpayer - after growing up in a poor single parent family also subsidized by the taxpayer. We went without a lot, and I learnt to appreciate every single thing I had. Not only that, but I didn't care about fashion (beyond just wishing I had a clean and untorn outfit to wear on free dress day to school, a clean uniform that fit, or shoes that weren't falling to bits). I didn't lust after models or read magazines. I rarely watched TV, and I certainly didn't want to look like those people.
And I have anorexia.
Another faulty belief is that where the sufferers are seen as 'spoilt' and it's assumed that if they knew what it was like to struggle and not know where your next meal came from, or even if you would eat this week, and people were dying all around you - you wouldn't be so selfish with your food. But people in these very situations DO also get eating disorders. Not just that, but thinking of the starving children in Africa never cured anyone's eating disorder, in fact many people with eating disorders are very active in their community volunteering and trying to help those less fortunate in every way they can.