Parents do not cause eating disorders.
That statement may seem obvious, but it is the sad history of eating disorder treatment that parents have often been blamed or felt blamed when a loved one develops an eating disorder. This crippling and discredited thinking was also once the case for other illnesses that we now understand are neither given nor chosen: asthma, stuttering, autism, schizophrenia.
For those families suffering from guilt, from feeling blamed, or unsure of who to believe on this topic:
Parents do not cause eating disorders, but can be an important and active part of recovery: