But, I'm sorry, it still lives. It also causes active harm.
Today I was asked to sign my support to a document created by my own state, one that is supposed to be an up-to-date view of the illness and make recommendations. Unfortunately, the document is poorly sourced (since when is the Huffington Post a scientific citation?), leaves out important information now widely known by researchers and evidence-based clinicians, and includes numerous factual errors.
Among them: that family dynamics cause eating disorders. Why do I care? Because this sort of document, dated in 2011, becomes a reference for OTHER literature. This sort of document becomes government endorsement of ideas and recommendations that cause active harm.
"Factors Influencing the Development of Eating Disorders
• Family Dynamics ▫ Families used to be viewed as the primary cause of an eating disorder
␣ I.e. an emotionally-distant father or an overly controlling mother ▫ While sometimes these dynamics are present, it is most important to
understand how the patient views his or her role in the family (i.e., to be the "good kid")'
This should not go on, and yet it does. Really, this is the total of what you want to say about what causes eating disorders on the topic of family? Really? This is September 2011, right? Not 2001?
Not that I wish to spend time analyzing and refuting and protesting this document - I'd much rather it be a good document that I COULD endorse - but I have to. Not just because it is my state that is affected but because it leads to more.
Please, if you have some time to spare - and mine is very short this week - I could use help with the legwork here. Finding the correct citations and statistics, identifying the most important points.
I plan to focus on the family dynamics issue in this document, myself. Not that some of the other stuff - like the trauma piece - doesn't bother me, but because I am more likely to be successful with a focused protest.
We all need to stand up when we can to bad information. It may not help, but let's not make it any easier for those who would allow weak and faulty information get a government stamp!