N told me last night that "everyone" in his class knows about his anorexia. Apparently at lunch yesterday, one of N's friends started talking about suspecting that his sister had anorexia. N responded by saying that he didn't think she had anorexia (given the few facts that C shared). At that point, and obviously I'm missing parts of the story, C stood up and started shouting that N had anorexia. Maybe it was a joke, but N responded so vehemently that the friend immediately knew it was true.
The hardest part of this exchange, for me to hear, was the comment made by C that anorexia is a "life choice." I know this isn't true. N knows this isn't true. But way too many people think it is true. N tried to convince C that anorexia is a brain disorder, but C was insistent because that is what his mom told him. I told N that I could go talk to his class about anorexia -- "No, they'll think I'm weird." I told him some things that he could tell C. I also sent him armed with a Newsweek article (not exactly scientific, but a little more accessible). I'm not sure what else I can do. I'd like to have a loud voice that everyone could hear while I explain what anorexia is and what it isn't. I'm not sure anyone is listening.