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Parent gets APA to drop parent-blaming

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:04pm

Chris, a parent, wrote me yesterday about something I must share.



The American Psychological Association's "Help" page says this:



"Certain psychological factors predispose people to developing eating disorders. Dysfunctional families or relationships are one factor."



But it won't say that for long. Because Chris contacted the authors listed on the page. Two said they don't remember writing it and don't know why their name is on it. One said she believed it but had no evidence aside from clinical experience to support the statement.



Chris contacted NEDA , who contacted APA . AND THEY ARE CHANGING THE PAGE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.



This is the kind of kick-a no-nonsense activism we need more of out there. I applaud Chris and everyone else out there trying to dislodge these myths and dangerous, antiquated ideas. Now, who is up for tackling the About.com page on parents and eating disorders ?

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