Prompted by this reporter, Dr. Steven F. Crawford — the associate director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt — rattles off a few common misconceptions about eating disorders. He riffs. In fact, he’s very creative in his responses.
“I wish I had a little bit of anorexia,” Crawford says. “Eating disorders are a lifestyle choice; you can tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them; eating disorders are a young girl’s disease; eating disorders are a passing phase in someone’s life and it is best to ignore [them]; eating disorders are caused by photographs of skinny models; the family causes someone to have an eating disorder…”