It's Time To Change The Way We Talk About Eating Disorders

No more lazy punchlines.


Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening problems.


Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening problems.


Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and up to 24 million people — male and female, of all ages — have eating disorders in just the U.S.


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And while there's certainly danger in joking about eating disorders — namely, in allowing the proliferation of misconceptions that eating disorders are conscious decisions made by young, vain, white girls — after a while, an equally frustrating offense is that these jokes are so very boring and bad.


Like way back in 1988, when Heathers told us bulimia was a fad that was totally over.


Like way back in 1988, when Heathers told us bulimia was a fad that was totally over.


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Or in 1992, when Seinfeld put a laugh track behind Elaine's friend telling her to order her a slice of cake while she goes to throw up.



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