Eating Disorders: The many faces of a tenacious and agonizing problem

By Sharon Dunten, Georgia Health News

eating-disorder photo humanity echoAnna was 4 years old when her father was murdered. As a small child, she didn’t get the emotional support to understand the tragedy, she says now. Anna’s family didn’t want to talk about it.

Now, in her late 30s, Anna is living with a complex condition that she says may be rooted in her childhood loss. She is emotionally disconnected, and dealing with recent memories of an attempted suicide.

Anna says she wrestles with two challenges: to face the trauma that lingers from her childhood and to seek healing from the disorder that now torments her and someday could prove fatal. Read …