This person that wrote "Becoming Vegan", is he/she a medical doctor, trained in nutrition, that SPECIALIZES in eating disorders? Has that person personally treated eating disorders and if so, how many years has the practice been operating? Did they do a blind and double-blind study to prove that there is a definate corellation between eating disorders and veg*nism? The reason I ask is because I wonder about that 50% statistic...from where did it come? Was it based on actual questions given to actual eating disorder patients during a specific span of time, or was it just a "pull out of air" thing that someone thought up and decided to use because it sounded good?
As a former anorexic, I was not attracted to being veg*n because of the "low calorie/no fat" issue. True, anorexics typically control and portion themselves but the veg*n issue has nothing to do with it. There are many factors that drive a person into restricting/controlling portions and to blanket it by saying "anorexics are drawn to the veg*n life because of the lack of fat/calories" is dangerious thinking and only serves to dismisses the underlying issues that drive and feed this disease while allowing the sufferers to remain misunderstood and unhelped.
As a vegetarian, I get hungry more often now and need to eat more often than I ever did as an anorexic. When I was anorexic, I DIDN'T WANT TO EAT and MADE EVERY EXCUSE NOT TO EAT. The thought of things like veggies, grains, fruits and the like made me nervous when I was in my suffering days. Even things that are mostly water (like, iceburg lettuce for example) were avoided because any form of nutrition meant fat, fat was evil and I did not want to be evil. I am vegetarian now but it's not because of the lack of calories and fats. It's because my system is so screwed up that I can't digest anything beyond stuff grown from the ground. Everything else makes me sicker than a dog and gives me reactions that I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy!
I personally, do not know of any veg*ns that were former EDs (eating disordered people) that were attracted to being veg*n so they wouldn't have to eat. I have, however, found the opposite existing. There are EDs that are recovering from their conditions and they are turning to veg*nism to help them be HEALTHIER, not sicker. A good many of them are also turning to counseling to overcome the internal issues that fueled the disorder in the first place but I have yet to hear a person say "I went veg so I wouldn't have to eat".