This is particularly interesting to me because I had an eating disorder (anorexia) while attending nursing school
. I was about 85 pounds and a size 00. If anyone had been paying the least bit of attention to me, they would have known! We had to eat lunch together for many of our clinicals, and I ate plain lettuce or fat free yogurt which I froze and chipped away at with a spoon and took tiny bites because it took me 20 minutes to eat it that way. I NEVER would touch a cookie or snacks with a ten foot pole. If someone tried to get me to taste something, I always refused. Drank diet soda and black coffee like it was going out of style.
I was there with a bunch of nursing studens, nurses and instructors, and no one ever said a word!
In reference to the above post about getting an anorexic into a hospital and forcing food into them, I believe that would be a last, last ditch saving effort. Anorexia nervosa is a mental illness, not a physical problem with ingesting food, so to fix the problem you have to work with the mental illness.
If someone would have forced food and calories into me when I was at that point, I would have probably stroked out from all the anxiety it would have caused. Not to mention I would have been in 4 point restraints and a mask because I would have kicked anyone's butt that came near me with calories.
It's hard for me to even put into words, but when you are in that state, having food forced on you would feel like an assault of the worst kind.