Why Won’t My Aging Mother Eat? Maybe it’s Because She’s Lonely.

July 11, 2015

“Do I have to be heavy?” she suddenly snaps, slamming down her fork and pushing the photo album at me. To my mother, life is black-and-white: Thin is good, and weight — even the smallest amount, even if it helps fend off frailty, as a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association indicates it could — is the devil.