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Entries in eating disorders (2)


When Good Health Goes Bad 

Jodi Rubin (photo by Keith Barraclough)How much exercise is too much? And when does excessive exercise signal an eating disorder? Club staff should be asking these questions, argues eating disorders expert Jodi Rubin, as 95% of college students diagnosed with this problem are members of a gym. In this installment of CBI Unbound, she offers sound advice on how to get the training required to recognize these individuals, and deal with them in a compassionate, effective manner. For more, read on.

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What to Do if You Suspect a Member Has an Eating Disorder

Mark Stevens discusses what to do if you suspect a member has an eating disorder in this week's Best Practices.

Q: "What should I do if I suspect a member has an eating disorder?"

A: This is a very tough, and at times, controversial question to address. Some people with eating disorders are in denial and don't even realize they have a problem. Having the desire to help this person is the right decision, but you must be careful of the way you go about offering them help. You cannot force someone to get help from a professional.

If you know the person and feel comfortable approaching them, always show your concern for them and never attack them or accuse them of an eating disorder. Show your concern about the situation and direct them to someone they can talk to, possibly your registered dietitian on staff. The registered dietitian will be able to decipher if this person truly has an eating disorder and can discuss his or her options for future care.

If the situation deteriorates and becomes unhealthy for the individual, we may consult a family member.

Mark A. Stevens, Regional Director
The Houstonian Health Clubs and Spas

Editors Note: In addition to his answer, Mr. Stevens provided us with a link to an article originally published on, which can be a good resource for dealing with this very serious issue.


This post is a part of our weekly Best Practices series. We post a new question and answer every Monday morning. If you have a question you'd like our Industry Leaders to answer, submit your question today.