chapter  9
14 Pages

Weight Issues, Eating Disorders, and Disturbed Body Image As Anesthesia

What some people call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet isn't much better than tedious disease.

George Dennison Prentice, 1860

Perhaps of all of the forms of "anesthesia" that survivors employ, few are more painful than eating disorders. Eating disorders go right to the heart of a survivor's need for comfort and a sense of predictability and control over an impossibly abusive environment.