Tess Munster/Holliday is a bad person, too

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Every single aspect of the DSM-V's criteria for Anorexia Nervosa includes a significantly low weight limit.

They EVEN LIST A BMI:

Specify current severity:
Mild: BMI more than 17
Moderate: BMI 16- 16.99
Severe: BMI 15-15.99
Extreme: BMI less than 15

Those defending Tess Holliday are quick to point out that she has probably been diagnosed with "atypical anorexia", where someone basically meets all the criteria of anorexia nervosa (restrictive behaviour, fear of gaining weight etc), except low body weight. Usually a person with atypical anorexia has a body weight that is within or above normal ranges.

That being said, I am still skeptical as to whether she has in fact been diagnosed with atypical anorexia. I understand that people who are diagnosed with atypical anorexia usually do not have an underweight BMI, and can even be quite overweight, but someone Tess's size?? Really?? For eg, if "intense fear of gaining weight" and "body dimorphic tendencies" are some of the criteria for a diagnoses of atypical anorexia, I find it surprising that she would've met these criteria. Like, if she hated the way she looked and saw herself as hugely morbidly obese...that's not body dysmorphia - her perception of herself is 100% accurate lol. I would understand if she was maybe Demi Lovato's size, but Tess is practically the size of a small car. Also, "intense fear of gaining weight"? It would appear that her problem is the exact opposite of that. If she was actually scared of gaining weight, then how could she let herself get to her current size?

I tend to agree with @delicateeuphoria (who also discussed Tess's "diagnosis" in another thread) that this all seems like some sort of ploy by Tess to illicit sympathy or as a shield from negative comments about her body.

Also tagging @Ellie (from memory you're a psychologist with experience in treating people with EDs?) as it would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
 
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Those defending Tess Holliday are quick to point out that she has probably been diagnosed with "atypical anorexia", where someone basically meets all the criteria of anorexia nervosa (restrictive behaviour, fear of gaining weight etc), except low body weight. Usually a person with atypical anorexia has a body weight that is within or above normal ranges.

That being said, I am still skeptical as to whether she has in fact been diagnosed with atypical anorexia. I understand that people who are diagnosed with atypical anorexia usually do not have an underweight BMI, and can even be quite overweight, but someone Tess's size?? Really?? For eg, if "intense fear of gaining weight" and "body dimorphic tendencies" are some of the criteria for a diagnoses of atypical anorexia, I find it surprising that she would've met these criteria. Like, if she hated the way she looked and saw herself as hugely morbidly obese...that's not body dysmorphia - her perception of herself is 100% accurate lol. I would understand if she was maybe Demi Lovato's size, but Tess is practically the size of a small car. Also, "intense fear of gaining weight"? It would appear that her problem is the exact opposite of that. If she was actually scared of gaining weight, then how could she let herself get to her current size?

I tend to agree with @delicateeuphoria (who also discussed Tess's "diagnosis" in another thread) that this all seems like some sort of ploy by Tess to illicit sympathy or as a shield from negative comments about her body.

Also tagging @Ellie (from memory you're a psychologist with experience in treating people with EDs?) as it would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
You bring up a very good point, but (not to get pedantic) Atypical Anorexia Nervosa is actually defined as "all of the criteria for anorexia nervosa are met, except that despite significant weight loss, the individual’s weight is within or above the normal range."

Now maybe one could make the argument that she HAS had significant weight loss, she's just too enormous for it to be noticeable... I somehow doubt that's the case.
 

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You bring up a very good point, but (not to get pedantic) Atypical Anorexia Nervosa is actually defined as "all of the criteria for anorexia nervosa are met, except that despite significant weight loss, the individual’s weight is within or above the normal range."

Now maybe one could make the argument that she HAS had significant weight loss, she's just too enormous for it to be noticeable... I somehow doubt that's the case.
Yes, precisely. I think that people of any size with unhealthy relationships with food that sometimes involve restriction often leap to “anorexia” because it’s a word that compels a lot of people’s sympathy/empathy.

I don’t know what she has been through medically, as an individual, but there is a tendency of fatter people to self-ID as having been “anorexic” because they do not feel their emotional struggle will be taken as seriously if they said “crash dieting,” etc, being that they’re often encouraged to diet.

Basically, the fat community pathologizes a lot of normal human behavior.
 
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