15. August 2013 by swissfitchick
This post is going to be short and pictureless, because I actually just have a question and I want to hear your opinions. So please make sure you fill up the comment section, cause I am really curious what you have to say.
A few years ago when I was member at a gym, there was an instructor who taught about 1/3 of all classes. Her classes were superintense and full. I only went one time, because I just couldn’t look at her. She was SO skinny, it was scary. I know that there are bodytypes which are naturally slim and sometimes they get misjudged of being anorectic.
This woman’s body changed though. She used to look fit, athletic and healthy, but then she lost so much weight and she just looked sick. If she didn’t have that overtan (like spending hours in a sunbed) it would have been even worse.
I was wondering, why the trainers and instructors at the gym would let someone like this teaching classes. I don’t want to upset anyone, I know that not everyone who looks skinny is sick, I am far away from saying that. But here, it was obvious and the one time I went, she even complained about ‘muffin tops’ – which was ridiculous cause she really wasn’t fat anywhere at all. I wasn’t sure how people feel about themselves when she speaks of muffin tops when there are none.
I thought, that an instructor is also kind of a role model and an inspiration and it irritated me, that nobody said something. Neither did I, which maybe was coward. Who is responsible here? The trainers or the boss at the gym? The instructor? Or are the participants of the class responsible for themselves and how they react on a role model like this?
Same goes with gym members. There is a girl in my gym who is doing cardio for hours (she is already there when I arrive and still there when I leave, so I have no idea how long she does it – but at least 1h45 first thing in the morning). I really feel sorry for her, I think that everyone can see that she is in a very critical state. She is nothing but skin and bones and it breaks my heart seeing here fighting on the cardio machines daily.
I’ve been there too, I did that. And I know it does not help a lot when people tell you to eat more and to workout less when you are in the middle of an ED. I didn’t stop until I realized MYSELF that I will kill myself if I don’t stop. But can we just stand here and watching her doing all this harm to her body? Or is it rude/inappropriate to tell her she should stop? Would it help her? Is it a MUST to draw her attention to her behavior? Who is supposed to say something, if at all? Is it allowed to forbid a person to workout at the gym?
Eating Disorders are still such a taboo subject around here and sometimes it drives me crazy. I realize it when I talk about my Eating Disorder this open, so MANY people give me this irritated look, like ‘how can you just say that out loud?!’ – I wish so hard that we stop denying that Eating Disorders DO exist and that we have to help each other by speaking our thoughts rather than hiding them.
Please let me hear your thoughts.