Disappearing Act

Millions of Americans suffer eating disorders. How to tell if your daughter or son is one of them

You've heard the gossip. You've seen the photos. All Hollywood is suddenly shocked to learn that Calista Flockhart, star of Fox's hit show Ally McBeal, is so thin. And we in the media are falling all over ourselves trying to figure out whether Flockhart has an eating disorder, especially now that she has denied it. Well, I'm not playing that game. If the entertainment industry really cared about sending the wrong message on body image, it wouldn't need so many size-2 celebrities in the first place.

But the fact remains that 2 million Americans--most of them women and girls--do suffer from...

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