Introduction Of the many cruelties inflicted by an eating disorder, surely one of the worst is the steady corrosion to the sufferer’s partnership with her body. The demands of an eating disorder intensify the “normative discontent” experienced by women in Western culture. The split between the part of the self that identifies with trying to be thinner, and the unruly, embattled “body self,” grows wider and more vicious with every cycle of bingeing and purging, every contested carbohydrate gram, every weight loss and regain, indeed, every body battle, won or lost.