As one of the few practicing eating disorder specialists in all of Southeast Minnesota, I feel it would be irresponsible to not respond to Saturday's cover story regarding a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian who has run every day for the past 50 years.
Male eating disorders are absolutely exploding in our community and across the globe. A relatively new concept, muscle dysmorphic disorder is a subtype of the obsessive mental disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and has major overlap with anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder, and addiction to exercise.
Muscle dysmorphic disorder is very often mentally paralyzing, and is seen in both females and males. It can lead to permanent injury, decline in normal daily functioning and, ultimately, death. I want to point out that, typically, feeling compelled to run every single day, and through injuries and illnesses such as broken ankles, and double pneumonia would be a huge red flag in my field.
I have patients in this community who would be massively triggered by such suggestions if they were to read this article.
I wish to stress what should be obvious in our award-winning medical community: It is abnormal and unhealthy to run miles around a bed while hospitalized for double pneumonia and the flu. Our kids and teens are struggling.
This is a topic for a separate op-ed, but keeping streaks despite common sense and at the cost of health is absolutely nothing to aspire to or applaud.
Dr. Patricia Price, Rochester