Men suffer from eating disorders, too
Letter to the Editor
This letter is in response to and in complete support of the previous few letters concerning eating disorders and support groups for them. I am surprised to see these letters, since in my few short weeks here, I've encountered very little on the topic. I did see an ad once about a possible group at Saint Mary's, but it didn't seem too promising. It was also limited to women. I am a male freshman at Notre Dame and I have been suffering from a mild eating disorder for at least a year. I have never met another guy with my problem. For a long time, I just assumed that guys didn't have this problem. After seeing these letters, I felt very encouraged.
In high school I found support in a few close friends, but as we went our separate ways I was left alone. Lately, I've resorted to talking to people I don't know very well. It's helped a bit, but I still have this problem in the back of my mind, boiling up, ready to hit me again. I can say that a few weeks ago, I was at the lowest point I've ever been. A Reckers Smoothie shouldn't have to carry you for five straight days.
I don't feel like I'm alone here. I also don't feel like I'm "all better." I mentioned earlier that I was suffering from a "mild" eating disorder. What if suddenly it isn't mild anymore? I don't want this problem. I've got other things to deal with. What do I do? Where am I going to go?
Who out there is willing to talk to me about this?
October 5, 1999
All Viewpoint Stories for Wednesday, October 6, 1999