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When food becomes all-consuming

Imgres-1We've all had those moments when food becomes comfort, or when we're so anxious or sad we don't want to eat. But food for some becomes an obsession that leads to eating disorders that can end in death.

As the BBC reports,eating disorders are so little understood that a school prevented an anorexic girl from returning, according to her mother, afraid that her behavior would influence other girls. 

It's not a helpful reaction. The disorders eat away at those who have them and the families and friends who helplessly look on. Listen to eight people talk openly about their eating disorders in this New York Times Voices feature.  

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