"The illness is biological, but the triggers are social: trauma, divorce, even a throw-away comment like, "Aren't you a chubby little girl," said Grefe. "You are born with the gun, but life is the trigger -- and there are a lot of them."
I hear that and I think of magic spells and mythical curses. Rumplestiltskin and secret spells. The idea that a child is one statement or one life event from horrific mental illness is, well, not supported by the science. It's not supported by the rest of the article! This is a Hollywood vision of mental illness and it is time for us to stop promoting it. It isn't true, and it causes harm.
It says "Your child has a life-threatening delusional terrifying mental condition and SOMETHING DANGEROUS triggered it. Suspect everything, just to be sure. Regret everything. Put your energy into that and don't think your child will get better until you've made the world perfect and you've apologized for everything."
What's really going on is that the evidence for a biological basis for eating disorders is no longer being denied it is simply being misunderstood and re-packaged to suit the same old same old blaming we have always done around eating disorders. If a "throw-away comment" can "trigger" life-threatening mental illness and expected life events like divorce and "trauma" can too then maybe the idea of "trigger" is absurd and needs to be revised to "life."
Life "triggers" eating disorders, and I don't think we're going to prevent life so probably better to work on treating eating disorders instead.