It's that confounded time of year when all his female friends seem to be able to talk about is DIETS and how few calories they have consumed that day. It is driving Ben MAD! He finds it really, really difficult to handle being around people that are talking about diets - I mean REALLY hard...
He's worried that it triggers off certain 'ED thoughts & responses' in his head. OK he insists he'd never act on those ED thoughts & responses, but he says all this is making things really hard for him at the moment. As a result he says that things that may seem like old challenges may re-surface when we talk about how the day has been with our Recovery Contract (yes that is still going strong).
And crazily, crassly and stupidly we were in the waiting room of our local CAMHS unit-cum-ED-unit last night waiting for the drama therapy group Ben goes to on a Monday.
On the wall was an NHS poster asking: "Do you know how many calories are in your drink?"
We both noticed it, independently, and couldn't believe our eyes.
I said I should have got out a marker pen and written: "Not bloody enough, that's what!"