My usual magazine rack railway rage was diverted to the Daily Mail. Generally I try not to get annoyed at the Daily Fail. It is the Frankie Boyle of the media world spouting bile and prejudice hoping to gain attention. But today, I cracked. At this headline:
Doctors Let Former Private School Girl Die of Anorexia
Accompanied by a suitably winsome picture of a beautiful girl, in a white dress.
Most headlines tell you something of the paper’s values. The implication of this one was clear. A private school girl! One of us?! And the doctors (am guessing code for feckless NHS staff, probably aided and abetted by unwashed nurses) let her die. When there are so many benefit claimants to choose from.
I accept the futility of believing facts should get in the way of invective, but I am going to try. Daily Mail journalists, allow me to read you the news. Anorexia is an equal opportunities disease. Honestly, as illnesses go, it is positively loony left. It might choose women more often, but is perfectly happy to accept men too. It sees no age barriers, although there are certain neural functioning requirements, probably achieved around age 4, but hey, if your brain got there earlier, it would be totally cool with that. Disability is fine, but may require adjustments in case you can’t meet obsessive exercise requirements. But don’t worry, anorexia will find a way round. All eating disorders positively welcome sufferers of all races, and will find ways of ensuring any issues of sexuality or gender alignment do not prevent you achieving your maximum potential as a sufferer. And of course class is absolutely invisible to anorexia, even if you are the offspring of the kind of benefit claiming, taxpayer parasite scum that the Mail warn us all about, anorexia will welcome you with open arms. Skeletal matchstick arms, but open .
Of course all of these issues may play a huge role in whether you are diagnosed, how you get treatment and if it isn’t available, whether you can pay for alternatives. But frankly, that’s not anorexia’s problem. Quite simply, it doesn’t care. And clearly, nor does the Daily Mail.