Forcefeeding Anorexics, Ctd

Jun 26 2012 @ 5:29pm

A reader disagrees with Jacob Williamson:

If force feeding anorexics is wrong, then so is forcibly committing someone who is suicidal to an institution to protect them from themselves. To say it is wrong is to assume the person is capable of rational decision-making. In talking with a friend over the years about her eating disorder, I've come to think that such rationalism is just not the case.  Severe malnutrition affects decision-making as much as the skewed self-image that drives the behavior in the first place. Add the fact that the person may not have eaten in so long that doing so leads to severe nausea, creating a further aversion to eating, plus years of severe depression and hopelessness that can ultimately manifest as a death wish, and you've got an out-of-control situation that requires serious intervention.