Sunday, October 11, 2009

Food Rules and Rules of Food

I'm so disturbed by this essay in NY Times Magazine:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/magazine/11lives-t.html

I feel that it is a cry for help from the author. How could the Times have published this without another piece to balance it? Something on "normal" eating.
The author claims that she is not "anorexic" because she is not "fashionably skinny" as though anorexia were a body type and not a behavior! My goodness. This is clearly a case of disordered eating. Her machinations are painful to read. She loves to eat and eat out but doesn't really allow herself to enjoy the pleasure of eating.
She eats only once a day, eschews all carbs (seems like even whole grain ones) and admits that no "nutritionist" would recognize her diet as a diet. Please. Someone step forward to help this woman before she develops (if she hasn't already) some very serious deficiencies.
Her rules are crippling. All about what not to eat. Please, Elyse Resch or Michelle May, contact this woman. Help this woman. And when she's more comfortable in her own skin, perhaps she'll write a response to her essay. Soon.

1 comment:

Nicole M., MS, RD, LD said...

You hit the nail on the head: "as though anorexia were a body type and not a behavior!"

Good for you!