The Oberlin Review

Athletic Programs Must Open Dialogue on Eating Disorders

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2018

Editor's Note: This article contains discussion of eating disorders. I told myself that less was more. As a swimmer, you always try to shave off time. Downsizing the time stamp in the pool is the mark of success for a swimmer — looking at the score board after a race and finding that I dropped time certainly made the endless hours and laps and exhaustion well worth it. But living by the doctrine of “less is more” is dangerous. It ruined my student-athlete career. I had been a competitive swimmer since I was 10 years old. I made my way to becoming captain of my high school and club teams before college, and the growth, values, and community I found in swimming are things I still consider integral to who I...

Bryn Mawr Debacle Highlights Weight-Centric Approach to “Health”

Editorial Board

February 6, 2015

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.  A troubling Health Center email sent to students with “elevated” BMIs, encouraging them to “Give a HOOT” about their body size, generated protests and unfavorable press at Bryn Mawr College in late January. “We want YOU to be in the Fitness OWLS (Onward to Weight Loss Success) Program,” read the message, noting that the program was a partnership between the Bryn Mawr health center and the school’s athletic department and dining services. Health Center Director Kay C. Kerr issued a written apology for the message last Saturday, but not before the incident drew renewed attention to discussions of health and wellne...

Active Minds Explains Goals

Active Minds

March 4, 2011

To the Editors: It has been brought to the attention of Active Minds at Oberlin that some students have been worried about the nature of the posters around campus intended to raise awareness for National Eating Disorders Awareness week. Students expressed concern that some of the posters may, in fact, act as triggers and cause those suffering from eating disorders to relapse. We want to assure fellow students this was not the intention of the posters. Conversely, coupled with our tabling in the latter half of the week, our goal was to promote not only awareness, but also the resources available to those currently struggling with eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Association hotline (1-800-931-2237)...

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