Eating disorders have developed an international profile in Anglophone countries during the past 40 years. Confessional memoirs, feminist and psychosocial polemics, popular journalism, self-help books, poetry, and fiction have portrayed the emotional and physical effects on individuals, their families, and society of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. These books and magazines, websites, blogs, and chat rooms have become popular, and some researchers warn that, rather than dissuading readers from adopting destructive eating behaviours, these texts act as “thinspiration” (Parker-Pope 2009, 2; Curry and Ray 2010), or instruction manuals for obsessive and competitive dieting (Vandereycken and van Deth 1996, 1, 247; Gregory 2013). Nevertheless, anorexia and bulimia can be used as a plot device for creative writers, with the resulting work both generating empathy in readers and highlighting a significant health and social problem.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food|
|Editors||Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Donna Lee Brien|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|