I have been trying to find what the fathers and the church say about eating disorders. These are a very prevalent problem in the world now, but have found it very difficult to find any orthodox resources on the subject.
I know it is a very emotive and delicate subject, but also very miss understood even within the church. I have noticed the misunderstandings come mostly when a condition like this prevents people fasting or have little control over their eating. I notice that people can be very judgmental at times when people who do not seem unwell outwardly are exempted from fasting strictly or at all sometimes.
The issues with self harm that many of those struggling with eating disorders have, is also very misunderstood by people who have not been through it or been very close to someone with these problems.
Can anyone who know of texts point me to the writings of the Fathers or texts of the Church on this area please. In part I am trying to put together some resources for a young adults festival I am involved in.