that is what i heard eating disorder anorexia or bulemia.
Starvin Marvin wrote:
What happened to Caitlin Chock? What happens to a lot of fine women runners (mostly high school), anorexia! Either that, or she just burned out - mentally/physically.
I've done a fair bit of reading in this area but it is a tricky question. My best reading is that eating disorders are primarily a manifestation of a severe anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders occur in all cultures but it seems as though the particular response of disordered eating is somewhat socially determined. There are many reports of people in different cultures, including africans, who suffer from eating disorders but the rates seem to be different.
doug burke wrote:
[quote]Starvin Marvin wrote:
so my question is is anorexia/bulemia a disproportionately europeean female (meaning white). problem, i can think of a seemingly endless number of white females who quit, were told to quit, or were forced to quit due to eating disorders yet i cant think of 1 even small name ethiopian, kenyan, japanese female who quit running due to anorexia/bulimia, yes i know there are millions of malnourished africans male and female who are unhealthy because they dont eat enough, but i cant think of one who is say 100 pounds then is 95 pounds the next year, but wants to get to 90 then 85 etc. basically they are skinny, but seemingly healthy.
Nice blanket statement from a problem (disordered eating) that can be caused by antyhing from manic depression to being mildly OC and losing the big picture. Its like saying all cancers are the same. It is also quite a stretch to say 20% die from complications due to the disease. Love to see where you got that and what the definition of "anorexia" or "eating disorder" that was used. You might get that % if you used full blown cases that required hospitalization but if using a broader definition for disordered eating, that step happens in only a small percentage of the cases.
Eating disorders are classified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. They are biologically-based, not due to some beauty or fashion ideal. Only 50% of anorexic women can be cured, and 20% of them will die from complications of the illness.
Obviously, a coach cannot prevent a female with the illness to stop running completely, but a coach can certainly disallow ED runners on their teams, and thus not act as "enablers" for these women to rationalize their unhealthy behavior by putting it in the context of being a positive contribution to the team.