The holidays and a little contract work have got the best of Salty, and Cinnamon, though hard at work on an EPIC post, was called into work at the last minute, so here we are: Rerunland! But rest assured that we’ve picked a great post to revisit today. Last year around this time, Ginkgo shared these great tips on helping a friend you suspect might be suffering from an eating disorder. What better gift to give a friend than to show how much you care about her and her health? Salty Running originally published this post on December 10, 2012.
You’ve noticed your running buddy hasn’t wanted to go out to brunch like you used to. She also has been running even on her usual rest day. She’s dropped some pounds lately, but you thought it was because she’s at the height of marathon training. You finally get her to go out to breakfast with you after a 20 miler and she orders a side of cottage cheese and fruit after you order the large stack of pancakes, eggs AND the bacon. Something just doesn’t seem right. Could she be suffering from an eating disorder? If you’ve ever experienced something like this, you probably felt a little weird for assuming something’s wrong with your friend, but at the same time it felt weird to say nothing. You don’t want to offend by bringing it up, but also certainly don’t want to act as an enabler by doing 20-milers by her side every weekend and not saying anything as she picks at a few grapes on her plate. As the saying goes, you’re definitely between a rock and a hard place. As someone in recovery for an eating disorder, I can give you a few pointers when it comes to friends and ED. I’ve been on both sides: a few years before my own struggle I was that someone caring about a good friend with bulimia who was in extreme denial. It takes a lot of balls to be the one to speak up when you’re worried. Almost anyone who brings up the topic to a friend feels like they might be overstepping, but it could help save your best bud’s life in the most literal sense. Read more >>