What I like about this anecdote being publicized is it something no-one has mentioned in 3 pages of posts
It kills off some of the what I think is largely overly blown - the way Cain's allegations have been presented in a male vs female way. For example Cain's article talked about how "an all-male Nike staff became convinced that in order for me to get better, I had to become thinner and thinner" whereas Lauren Fleshman says she grew up "on a sports system built by and for men."
Here we have an example of a woman allegedly being mean to another woman. I know of plenty of examples of women coaches being completely assholes to other women about eating. When I was at Cornell, I heard there was another NCAA coach (female) was forced to resign for telling an athlete who had been given a minimum weight goal by the nutritionists how to beat the test- drink a lot of water, put a roll of quarters in her pants, etc.
In the Women's Running article on this topic, I was disgusted by the following quote from Nicole LaVoi, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. “There’s plenty of research available about training principles and creating healthy cultures for athletes,. The problem is that you have to get that research to the right people who are actually working with the athletes—if they’re a bunch of old white guys, they’re going to do what they’ve always done. The idea isn’t ‘how do we coach women?’ It’s ‘how do you coach human beings.’”
All of that quote is fantastic except for the "old white guys" part. I don't think the fact that they are white or guys has much to do with it. Yes perhaps it is old coaches who are the most set in their ways are the least likely to change and most of the old coaches are white men but their whiteness and being men has little to do with it.
Now maleness may have something to do with it. Do I think if there were more women coaches, the problem would be lower? Yes .But this isn't some sexist conspiracy like it's being so commonly presented. It's just misinformed assholes - both male and female - prioritizing results over everything else.