Another reasons for moms to lose their automatic guilt that they "caused" their child's eating disorder: a new study found that the eating disordered attitudes in moms of teens with EDs were the same as those in moms of teens without EDs.
(The full text of the study is in Spanish and can be found here. It's been a long time since high school Spanish, so bilingual folks, please let me know if I've interpreted any of the following totally out of context from the paper...)
The authors hypothesized that mothers of teens with EDs would likely have higher eating disorder cognitions, in part due to the genetic components of eating disorders. And some mothers of ED teens may very well have had higher than usual ED cognitions and behaviors; so might have the mothers of non-ED teens. On average, however, all of the mothers looked the same, even on the different subscales of the Eating Disorders Inventory.
What the authors ultimately concluded was this (with a little help from Google Translate, since they didn't teach some of these verbs in high school Spanish):
"It is interesting to question the myth of the anorexigenic mother who transfers the beliefs and attitudes that get their children sick. A nosological model of cause (the mother) and effect (the eating disorder) does not seem to explain the complexity of this condition."