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Friday, 2 March 2012
Hands up - my genes are to blame.......
"Anyone who wishes to be a successful advocate for patients and families affected by EDs must be thoroughly educated about the subject and open to considering information and ideas that may make them personally uncomfortable. " COULD NOT AGREE MORE. And, if EDs are genetic 'brain flaws', then isn't it possible that parents could have those same genetic 'flaws'? Otherwise, where would their children get them"
I have heard some pretty crass arguments about why parents are to blame for eating disorders. There are some cases of people (and I am including men and boys in this as well) developing an eating disorder after abuse, bullying, death and a myriad of other environmental pressures. There are other cases where an eating disorder can develop alongside another brain disorder, such as OCD, autism, schizophrenia. I have heard theories on mothers being stressed in pregnancy, mothers going on diets, enmeshment, overprotective mothers and fathers, cold and distant mothers and fathers, conflict resolution issues, sibling rivalry allowed to fester - I could go on.....
To me, the above sentence reads as if I have to beat myself up over my genetics, because my daughter developed a brain disorder.
Sorry, I disagree with Eugenics.