This blog rings very true to my collegiate experience in many ways. Our coach gave us mixed messages from noticing we put on the freshman weight, to then being 'concerned' about girls eating eating disorders. Of course, the most of the concern only surfaced when they were injured or still not that fast. If they were fast, then they were just fit and doing everything they were supposed to. I honestly think he had good intentions but just did not understand the psyche of eating disorders AT ALL and inadvertently contributed to the problem.
As for team dynamics we were all great friends but still completely messed up. Team dinners were soup and salad and everyone watching what and how much everyone else ate. Breakfast after a 16 mile was plain oatmeal or dry rice krispies.
And to the people who said this girl was not concerned for her bulimic teammate because she wanted to move out: Have you ever lived with a bulimic? Because let me tell you, I have. Twice. And its not fun. And a lot of that is because between hearing the vomit, seeing the vomit, having clogged toilets and a stinky house, and seeing food disappear you are constantly reminded of that person's problem and it is stressful and exhausting worrying about them. Not to mention, if you are 'lucky' enough to be in a sick team environment like this blogger was, and like mine was, then you probably are halfway to an eating disorder yourself (like this blogger seems to be) and when you are fighting that, the last thing you want to do is be around a person with a raging ED that is succeeding with it while you are trying to be healthy and your running is sucking. It's a matter of self preservation so give this girl a break.
I'm glad to see some females responding and saying their team wasn't like that at all. Nice to know. But to the people out there saying this is bull, or fake or exaggerated, let me tell you it is CERTAINLY the truth at some schools.