At a gym I was a member of several years ago I saw a trainer and manager address a woman who would go there regularly. She was extremely thin, would exercise in coat, floppy hat and sweats for 2+ hours. The manage eventually asked her to leave and not come back as they were there to help people be healthy, not to promote exercise and eating disorders. Turns out she was well known in that area for her disordered behavior.
I was amazed and it actually made me really happy that gym management and trainers actually looked out for people like that.
There's a woman at my gym who appears to have pretty advanced anorexia (though of course I don't know if she does); she mostly goes at hours when the gym is empty so when I do too, I see her. She only does cardio (treadmill) from what I've seen.
The owner of the gym periodically asks me about my diet so I assume he asks other members about their diets as well. But I don't think he would ever tell someone that they couldn't work out here. First of all, exercise by itself is harmless even up to very very high amounts. If a person is eating properly, 3 hours/day is no problem. I've had physical jobs where I was actually exercising (not just being active) for 6-7 hours/day. No matter how much you exercise, you can always fuel it (think Michael Phelps). But someone with exercise bulimia isn't fueling properly for all that exercise. It's hard to say whether the problem is not enough food or too much exercise.
My gym has a dietician ... I can see the owner of the gym offering a free session with the dietician and encouraging her to go, but he couldn't require her to go, I don't think.
I guess if someone is very obese and is a member of the gym, comes in and does 10 minutes on the treadmill and leaves, the owner could approach him and say "you're obese, you need to do much more than 10 minutes on the treadmill, this is not sufficient, if you don't, you can't be a member here anymore." But that doesn't sound fair. Maybe the anorexic girl is exercising less than she used to. No one knows anyone else's story.
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She will probably have to find out for herself or someone who loves her. I don't think that kind of a problem can be addressed by a stranger, except a professional (psychiatrist or psychologist).
Thanks for sharing!
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The question remains: once observed, then what?
It turns out that the fitness manager at our gym has a mother who comes incredibly often. (She appears to be about 75#'s of skin & bones.) -- One of the new trainers tried to indicate that something should be done, and was told to "leave it alone".
This link is to an article in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune about fitness centres and how they might want to deal with eating and exercise disorders.Something we may all need to think about concerning our personal activities and interactions. www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/19783 9541.html
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