TO THE EDITOR:
We would like to commend The Daily Tar Heel for its coverage of eating disorders (EDs) in wrestlers from Friday’s paper. It is vital that we continue to discuss how EDs affect all — regardless of gender, race, sexuality, socioeconomic status, ability, and many other demographics.
However, we would like to see the DTH change the way it reports EDs and stories that discuss weight.
We encourage the DTH to avoid using specific weights or other numbers (e.g. calories, time spent exercising) or graphic descriptions of disordered behaviors (e.g. wearing a sauna suit for X minutes to lose Y pounds), as these often trigger relapses or exacerbate illness those who live with an ED.
We are not saying that the DTH should not report the physical and emotional health dangers that those with EDs face. We simply believe that it is possible and necessary to tell these stories in a responsible manner. Triggering content and graphic descriptions are often used for shock value.