Zahra was 85 pounds (38 kilos) when she developed the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. She was 15 years old at the time. “You just convince yourself that if you become skinny and thin maybe people will like you.”
The parent’s responsibility is to teach their child to think critically about what they see and hear, whatever it is. To teach values of substance over image.
I can categorically tell you anorexia is a real illness, and it’s a much more complex problem than just refusing to eat. In fact, believe it or not, it has very little to do with food.
Nipa Bhuptani talks to us about the social and cultural implications of a disorder that is only now beginning to be recognized in the South Asian community.