Weight ranges. If you’ve ever been forced to experience the horrors of ED treatment, you know how important a weight range is. Treatment centers will stuff you with revolting cafeteria food and metallic tasting Ensures until you reach the number they set for you upon admittance. They honestly don’t care if that number isn’t right for your frame or if it will trigger you to the point where you experience a full-blown relapse. As long as the number is considered “healthy” according to some damn BMI chart (which are actually extremely outdated), the weight is fine for you. I can’t tell you how ludicrous that thought process is . . .
Let me share my own experience with weight-ranges when I was held hostage at Rogers Memorial Hospital’s eating disorder unit. Before my brain was consumed by my ED, my weight was considered to be slightly lower than average (underweight). That is just how my body is made. I can’t do anything about it. Of course, I had lost quite a bit of weight due to my anorexia by the time I was sent to Rogers, so I knew it would be necessary for me to add a few pounds. I was under the impression though that my weight would be restored to its typical slightly underweight range. I mean, that was what was normal for me so why not? Well was I in for a shock! At Rogers they assigned me a goal weight nearly 15 pounds higher than my typical weight. By the time I was discharged, I was so triggered by my unrealistically high weight that I did everything in my power to lose every single ounce. I got to my typical weight and continued secretly restricting till I lost even more.
So to sum that all up for you, I relapsed.
And that’s the problem with setting high weight ranges. I honestly believe that it is important to set an anorexic’s goal weight at a weight that restores health, but doesn’t go much higher than that. I mean the main goal is to ensure the patient’s weight supports normal functioning of the major organs and allows the patient to menstruate, right? So why set the weight any higher than that if it is quite obvious that it will result in a relapse?
That’s the question I wish I had an answer to. . . .