Eating disorders are remarkably heritable. This means that if your parents had eating disorders, you have a higher chance of getting one. It also bodes ill for your kids and your siblings. I know neither of my parents ever had eating disorders, although I’m not sure about one of my grandmothers, but in my sister I see the makings of mine. It would kill me to see her go through what I’ve gone through, so I want to take every precaution with her. I talked a little bit with her about her eating habits to find out what kinds of things were precursors, and I pay attention to how she reacts to food and body image. I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to tell her I have bulimia because I don’t want to destroy her image of me. I don’t know how to sit down with her and warn her not to go down my path.
At least if I notice that she develops one I can alert my parents immediately and tell them useful things to do.