Eating disorders are not a choice. Eating disorders are a mental illness like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and they are treatable. I get a lot of flak for emphasizing the biological predisposition for eating disorders, for de-emphasizing the personal narrative, for banging on about "not your fault, not your parents' fault, not society's fault."
You would never send your child into the ocean if you saw a shark. You would never send your child into a pool if you saw lightning. Let's treat our kids' hearts with the same sense of caution and urgency because the real threat to our kids may not be found in the water or sky. It is likely hiding in their chest.
No longer just passengers, patients are now co-pilots helping to navigate the future of medical progress. But until recently, the pace of progress has been slow. In some diseases, we still utter the words "we haven't seen a new treatment in decades" with a straight face. Decades. Are we seriously accepting this?
The precision medicine vision is a beautiful one. For all the health benefits it promises to each and every one of us, implementing it should be a billion-dollar idea. Sadly, this new initiative feels like a dream that was shrunk to an unduly diminutive size. Maybe that was just to make it more likely to get through Congress without much debate.