Eating disorders: The many faces of a tenacious and agonizing problem

Editor’s note: All names of eating disorder sufferers are pseudonyms. Anna was 4 years old when her father was murdered. As a small child, she didn’t get the emotional support to understand the tragedy, she says now. Anna’s family didn’t want to talk about it. Now, in her late 30s, Anna is living with a…

A strange disease that can turn a young life inside out

Johnnie Umoh wanted to fix what had happened to his teenage daughter, but he felt helpless because he didn’t understand her disease. He also wanted to protect her from what might lie ahead, because so much had happened already. She had rapidly lost all her hair, with no certainty it would ever grow back permanently….