Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bulimia

The American Street reminds me of something I meant to blog a few days ago.

Mrs. Schiavo entered her coma because of a heart attack induced by malnutrition. She was malnourished because she was bulimic. She didn't die because of courts, liberals, God, or her husband. She died because of an eating disorder.

Why hasn't there been any prominent discussion, in 15 years, of the dangers that bulimia poses? 11 million people in the U.S. have bulimia (10 million women). In a country with ~150,000,000 women, that's about 7% of women.

Couldn't a specialist in eating disorders get squeezed in between the pictures of Randall "We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country" Terry and protesters getting arrested? Couldn't CNN recap the situation one less time to encourage people with bulimia to get help? Couldn't a couple minutes be carved out of the slander directed at Mr. Schiavo in order to save some lives?