sweetyork saidLast week, at the gym, I saw this obviously anorexic girl (with protruding bones) on the elliptical machine doing cardio. I obviously lack the fortitude to confront her (and I felt like a coward because I really wanted to help her, but couldn't). However, I kept wondering why the staff let her into the gym in the first place. This is an university gym & is filled with student trainers/nutritionists. Shouldn't someone have suggested that this girl see a medical doctor before she was allowed in? Would any of you have confronted this girl?
As much as you'd like to intervene, this wasn't the time, nor place, and it might be that the gal has hyperthyroidism, or something else. You never know. In any event, it likely needs treatment if it's not the result of, say, chemo, etc. She might be on her way back up. You never know.
Chances are she is anorexic. I would hope that professional staff at your school would intervene.
I don't know if you've seen the story of Karen Carpenter and her fight with anorexia, which killed her many years before her time. Very sad. She was so talented.
We do need to intervene on both obesity and anorexia, even when it's not politically correct. (2/3 of all folks are fat asses). Doing what's right is not what's always easiest. Leadership can be hard. Given that we have a healthcare pandemic on our hands with all the fat folks, we need changes in public policy and in popular culture's view of obesity (just like smoking...where it is not cool to smoke).