“Quite frankly, my dear, no one has anorexia anymore. Everyone is just fat nowadays!”
This was said to me by a guest ballet teacher this morning as we were discussing what to do with a student who has developed ED.
“Is she bulimic?” a colleague asked.
“I don’t think so, although I did check her knuckles at the barre,” I responded.
“Why would you do that?” asked the guest teacher.
I looked at incredulously. “Don’t you know what signs to look for when you suspect an eating disorder?”
And that is when she deigned to tell me that no one has anorexia anymore, they are all just fat nowadays (while we are sitting in a ballet school and we are discussing students with ED).
Sadly, no one acknowledges eating disorders unless they see a walking skeleton. The only way they can identify them is with a stereotype. I feel like there is no recognition of the myriad faces of ED from the normal weight, over weight, under weight and everything in between. Of course, none of the faculty in my office know that I am currently puking several times a day and eating laxatives as if they were smarties. I know that NEDA is almost at an end but I hope that the awareness continues to spread because with this kind of ignorance being displayed by people who should know better, too many people are doomed to suffer unnoticed.