I had “disordered eating” habits once. I frequented eating disorder chat rooms and livejournal groups (oh, yes). I’ve talked to a lot of girls with eating disorders. And as cliched as it sounds, it’s almost always about control, or making up for perceived inadequacies in other parts of life, not about looking like ladies in magazines. Or, not just about that. When it is about looks, it’s tied up in deeper things, deeper symbolism imbued in extreme thinness; it’s signaling on a deep psychological scale.