2 thoughts on “Feeling Lonely and Struggling with Anorexia? Here’s Why

  • December 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I have a question about anorexia…

    I belong to a community choir and our monthly singings are traditionally followed by a potluck dinner. There are MANY people who have various gripes about the whole potluck concept, but it’s usually because they’re trying to lose weight and object to the heavy desserts and casseroles, dearth of vegan options, etc. We try to accommodate these folks by making sure there are some healthier choices on the buffet table.

    There are also a couple of very slight young women who always leave right after the singing is over. It’s true that the other choir members consider this a kind of unfriendly and standoffish thing to do, and avoiding the dinners has started to define these ladies’ identities within the group. It never occurred to me (until I read this blog post) that they might just feel uncomfortable because of all the food!

    I would hate to see them quit the choir because of this. I would imagine you have spoken to a lot of anorexic people. Can you clue me in to anything we can do to make them feel more welcome, accommodate their particular needs, short of ditching the potluck altogether? How could I broach the subject with them directly?

    Any advice appreciated,

  • December 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Yikes! Sorry. Not “anorexic people.” I should have said “people struggling with anorexia.”


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