It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so I’ve collected some thought-provoking ideas on the topic for your consumption.
When it comes to dietary issues, schools often think about what’s on the lunch menu in cafeterias and what’s on the blackboard (or these days, computer screen) in health classes.
But at the University Laboratory High School in Illinois, counselors recommended blocking websites that promoted anorexia as a lifestyle choice from the school network. While in Seattle, the city school board’s policy on sales of competitive foods on campus says the “availability of non-nutritious foods… increases the potential for development of eating disorders.”
But in the end, how well do we understand eating disorders in children and teens? According to a recent Washington Post article, not very well.
The article describes the experience of Christina Grieco, whose mother remembers her therapist, family physician and nutritionist recommending residential treatment for her 15-year-old daughter when she received an anorexia nervosa diagnosis in 2006.
When outpatient therapy failed, the Griecos spent more than $100,000 for Christina to stay in an eating disorders clinic in Arizona for two months.
It didn’t work. Officials at the clinic told her parents not be “food police” when she returned home, but Christina relapsed and continued to starve herself with such freedom.