What do you think one should do if one sees someone who is very, very thin and one is afraid for their life, but one doesn't know them? What about if it is someone one sees often (eg in the street or in a shop), but one doesn't know them? (But even if it is someone one only sees once? or sees online? -- though I think those situations are less complicated.)
What do you think is right and wrong in these situations?
I am recovered now, and that gives me more confidence, but I still don't know that I would know how to approach this, and it has come up a few times in the past?
This is situations i have been in many times in my life and it has to hard to know what to do.
First off i like to think that i cant judge someone just by the way they look. Of course if someone is extremely underweight it can be easy to jump to the conclusion that that person is sick/has an eating disorder, which might be the case but it might not. However sometimes you *just know* and especially if you have had an eating disorder in the past then its easier to sort of "see" if someone else is sick.
Its difficult to know how to react when you see someone who you think might be suffering or struggling. Because sometimes people just need someone to see them. That if you go up to the person and ask if they are ok, that might be exactly what the suffering person needs... to realise that they are seen and someone cares. But also it can cause problems if the person isnt sick or you might make the person uncomfortable or angry. But also you have no idea whether the person is recieving help or not....
You wouldnt just go up to someone who is overweight and ask them if they are ok and need help/see a doctor. So i dont think you should do the same thing to someone who is skinny, even if you may want to.