Anorexia is not "a statement"


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The Independent Online

Lucy Britton has reacted angrily to 'The Anorexic Statement', Rachel Cusk's article on anorexia in the New Statesman, in which she suggests that anorexia is motivated by attention-seeking and described anorexics as "68lb tyrants".

In Britton's response, she talks about her own experience of the eating disorder, for which she was hospitalised. "The last time I was ill tow years ago followed a rape and subsequent period of severe ill-health...I felt out of control and vulnerable. Not eating was a secret. I did not wish for it to make me more visible. I wanted to disappear."