I’m angry. A lot of us are angry.
Despite horrified protest from many corners, the Fast Track study is still going on.
Perhaps this topic hits parents of those who have suffered from any eating disorder harder than other people. Or maybe, parent eating disorder advocates are able to speak out where others fear career repercussions. Certainly, the lack of loud, united, and effective protest against an admittedly extreme form of healthcare negligence in the Fast Track study is evidence of a tragic and unforgivable problem far beyond this study.
Why are we still having to talk about children put on diets at all?
Please, consider signing on to a large petition effort going on right now, and go support those in Australia and the US who are speaking out — at risk to their professional careers.
I am cheering on those who are getting on the bandwagon, although I’m irritated that the same alarm wasn’t ignored when F.E.A.S.T. and others spoke up about it months ago. We need to speak as one voice.
Parents are told by society, parenting experts, pediatricians, and our governments that it is our job to control and limit and fear our children’s eating. This horrid Fast Track study is only one of thousands of examples every day saying it is not only medically okay but good parenting to make all children be equally thin. Why do we only find this out when our loved one is diagnosed with an eating disorder and suddenly we should have known better?
If the eating disorders advocacy world does not stand up as a body and fight for us with medical authorities and policy-makers, how can parents know it is wrong and dangerous to put our children on diets?
Why should we only protest the extremes?
Please speak out on this “research.” But don’t stop there.