The Seriously Anorexic Woman at the Gym
I was swimming at the gym yesterday and could not believe my eyes. A woman walked into the pool area with a body that was so drawn and thin that she literally looked like she had walked out of a concentration camp.
She had on a full red bathing suit so I got a very good look at her body. She wasn't young either. She had absolutely no fat on her body whatsoever. She was maybe 5'4" but could have weighed 60 pounds. Her legs were like sticks and looked like they could barely support her thin body.
When she turned around, you could literally see her skeleton through her skin. You could see every nook and cranny of her spine. Her shoulder blades stuck out like thin jagged rocks.
I was so shocked and appalled I did not know what to do. I thought about saying something to her but what would be the point? She's either aware and trying to heal or in denial.
I also considered that perhaps she was suffering from an illness. Yet, if she were sick in that way, why would she be at the gym to workout?
Remember, when you are trying to lose weight: It is always better to be a little bit overweight than underweight.
A little bit of padding is much better than no padding at all. A small amount of fat protects your muscles, skeleton and organs. It also provides a backup source of fuel for your body. While many of us live in a world where we get way too many calories, you never know when the tide will change and you'll need some of that fat on you.
I know that's an argument that will be lost on someone suffering from an eating disorder. But it's a good reminder to the average woman who is perhaps beating herself up for not having that model-perfect body.