What the news media get wrong in coverage of eating disorders and how they can improve


Every morning I scroll through my Google Alerts to stay up to date on the media’s coverage of eating disorders. Some days, the headlines in the alerts point me toward interesting new research, or stories that expand my thinking around the challenges of eating disorder treatment and recovery.

But many days, the headlines and accompanying stories are a reminder of what’s wrong with eating disorder coverage. The most egregious stories tend to be littered with sensational photos, surface-level details about weight and calories, or oversimplifications of the recovery process.

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