Naturally, Watson & Caplan on their own cut through the tangled web of academic distortion, and together make a concise point out of what is (surprisingly to some, I’m sure,) really a very concise point: harmful and unusual eating habits are not a pathology, and treating them as such exacerbates existing hierarchies. Reading this has given me A GREAT DEAL of comfort. I can feel viscerally that I am believed – after way too many “I think you have an eating disorder”s, finally some very intelligent people seem to be looking right at me and admitting that the pressures of an increasingly dystopian society are real. The example above is sad and perfectly expressive. There are so many more out there – if anyone doubts the validity of psychiatric language & labeling, they must denounce the eating disorder label(s) at least as much as they do the rest of the DSM. My personal 2 cents for anyone who needs another example: I do intermittent fasting as much as hormonal balance allows it out of my 26 day cycle. It keeps the 50lb weight gain from olanzapine (I quit over a year ago) off, and keeps my insulin sensitivity healthy. It’s helping me slowly shed loose skin. I dont eat processed food or animal products. Even I can admit, that all of my eating habits are driven by fear; of poisoning (ingesting something that causes akathisia); of brain fog (high blood sugar); of vulnerability (the rest that follows food); of contamination (the men who have inserted fluids into me that made me sick); and the craving for healing (like the extended fasting that finally helped me reverse the effects of PAWS from lamictal withdrawal). Plus, being thin grants me an unusual power over men and women alike. And, I’m saving money as veggies are cheap. The hair loss, weight loss, and fertility disruptions have been worth it, if a sacrifice I would rather not feel I have to make. The threat is foreign, unsafe substances I’ve been tricked into consuming. Controlling what goes into me is the power I’ve taken back. Having a way to guard myself, and a structure to rely on to do so, makes sense – there is meaning that I CAN understand here, as opposed to the non-sensical loop of gaslighting diagnosis & painful medication. If we can structurally begin to address the drugs, the coercion, the economic & sexual hierarchies, and the male violence, my own “eating disorder” would not be the only one to begin to resolve. Thank you Paula & Jo for being experts with broad perspective – a double rarity these days, as far as I’ve seen.