Is There a Link Between Anorexia and Narcissism?

Joan Bakewell, an eminent member of the UK House of Lords, is apologising for comments she made linking anorexia to narcissism.

The BBC News and other media sites report that she is now ‘deeply sorry’ for causing ‘distress’ by suggesting the rise of eating disorders among teenagers was a sign of ‘narcissism’ in society. In an earlier interview with The Sunday Times Newspaper, Baroness Bakewell, who is currently chairing a distinguished book prize panel, claimed anorexia was ‘a sign of the overindulgence of our society, over-introspection, narcissism really’.

The apology follows a raft of criticism of her comments, including mental health anti-stigma campaigns, along with heated debate on social media.

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