Thursday, March 5, 2009
We're studying eating disorders in Child Clinical Psych. It's depressing, but I know a lot of it already because it's been so covered in Health, Abnormal, Child Development and Adolescent Development. It makes me feel very conflicted, because the pictures of women with anorexia are gross, but they make me feel very fat. I know I've been more aware of what I eat since we've been on this section. Smith women come in all shapes and sizes, but apparently there's an issue with women here exercising too much. And not in a women-can't-run-marathons-because-their-uteruses-will-fall-out way, in an unhealthy, compulsive exercising way. What I think is interesting though, is that you are allowed to swipe your card into multiple dining halls for every meal. (When every meal costs $11 they had better make a lot of food available I guess.) I had a professor at Geneseo describe how people with bulimia would go to all the dining halls because they could binge and no one would know how much they had eaten. I wonder if that's a problem here. We had a guest lecturer in class today (Lauren Greenfield), and she said 1/7 women have eating disorders at some point. I know...two former bulimics off the top of my head, one girl that has had issues with anorexia, there are probably more that aren't as upfront about their illnesses, but still. It's shocking.
Anyway, I feel bad though, because I'm seeing JA this weekend, and my first instinct when he told me he was going to be in town was "I wish I had had more notice, I would've eaten less this week." And worked out more. Also my knees are all scabby, and I'm kind of broken out, but the food thing was the first thing that occured to me. "Now I need to get to the gym tonight and work off my dinner." That's so not the way I should think. I'm excited to see him though. He said he would take Flora for break, which is a great weight off my mind. I'm glad he's coming, I had sort of given up on him.