From: Derek Gatherer (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 09 May 2005 - 12:16:54 GMT
At 12:24 09/05/2005, you wrote:
>Not sure autism is comparable to anorexia.
I think one basic difference is that a 'normal' person can suddenly become
anorexic, whereas I don't know any examples of somebody becoming
autistic. Generally, people are born autistic or escape it. I think the
same is true for the milder Asperger's syndrome. If I remember rightly,
Aaron Lynch used to try to make a case that drastic dieting was a 'thought
contagion' (not got chapter and verse on where that claim is made, but I'll
get it if required - it might just have been in a list posting). I'm not
sure if that also implies that anorexia is therefore also posited as being
a TC too - it might be possible to diet drastically under social pressure
without suffering the defect in self-perception that is more or less taken
to be necessary for anorexia.
Current genetic studies indicate a weak disposition:
so it might be that the predisposed can tumble over into anorexia if the
social conditions are correct.
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