Celebrities are said to be Glorifying eating disorders, they "slam accusations, and another actually sues news outlets when she Denies Eating Disorder Accusations. A long dead celebrity is "defended" against posthumous reports of his bulimia, and another professes chronic "frustration." The list of "accused" is like a Who's Who of B-list celebrity itself. The ugly truth is that we're talking about the fine line between denying and self-promotion.
More frightening is that the denials are in the form of affront: it is an insult to say that someone has an eating disorder. It is not concern for that person, or empathy, it is disdain. It has the same flavor as the public glee and relish over celebrities having "work done."
Sad to report, these "accusations" and "denials" always involve weight loss - and only involve weight loss - as if an eating disorder is just a matter of someone having the poor taste to want to be too thin.
Correction: weight loss is not an eating disorder, and an eating disorder is a treatable problem in the brain and not a condition to be pitied or criticized. Imagine this kind of language around cancer or MS.
No wonder families worry about "who to tell" and about the stigma of an eating disorder. Society has layers and layers of mistaken beliefs, and verbs.