Thank you for all your comments on my last post. I've put a complaint into the Unit and they say they'll investigate it further. In response to ELT's comment on my post, yes this seems to be part of the problem Ben's facing i.e. on one hand the 'health professionals' are telling him to eat MORE calories while on the other a tonne of other 'health professionals' are telling people to eat LESS. Also, he's being told to CUT DOWN on exercise while seeing all the media messages about INCREASING it.
It's confusing and it sends the ED thinking into heck of a mess.
"Sometimes I don't know WHAT I should be doing!" he said. Of course, to you and me, it's obvious. But to the ED brain, it's not so clear. Especially when the people he sees 'dieting' aren't obese or even slightly overweight. In fact some of his female peers are quite the reverse...
So when he sees Such-and-Such with her too-thin physique boasting how she's "only had 500 calories yesterday", it sets off alarm bells in his head.
But, strangely, part of this alarm bell ringing is the worry that - by constantly talking about crazy or faddy dieting and the pressing need to do so - these girls may trigger off something in one of their other peers' heads... maybe a young person who could be susceptible to developing an eating disorder. This is what is worrying him, too.
However, as I said to him, just because a young person is far, far too thin it doesn't mean they have an ED or will go on to develop an ED.
Or does it in some cases?
You know what we ED parents are like... The moment we see a young person who's pale and stick thin, we jump to unsettling conclusions...