But I was saddened that such a prestigious publication stopped short of researching and explaining what is now a recognised psychiatric disorder that has its roots in infancy and the family. I was left with the impression that those suffering this disorder would probably die, or were lucky if they avoided the "slippery road" down which all women might go. This is not so. About one-third of all anorexics die, a further third reach a stage of partial recovery and stay there. But one-third recover completely. Those suffering from bulimia, a much larger portion of the population, usually recover. To say it is a mysterious illness that can strike any woman at any time and that death is inevitable, especially for anorexics, is a mistaken notion.
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