Since all of you are so wise and so smart, I thought I’d ask for some serious advice today.
See, there’s a slightly sticky situation that I’ve been thinking about and am not really sure how to approach.
I work at a small college in an old and charming building, and my department shares a hallway with 2 other departments. I work with some fabulous and sweet people but, even though I see and say hi to the majority of them every single week day, I wouldn’t say that I’m close with most of them. And that brings me to the sticky situation. One of these sweet individuals has been losing a drastic amount of weight. In the beginning of her weight loss, she looked great. But then, I began to see the warning signs of anorexia. Her clothes hang off her body. Her hair is thin and wispy. She is nothing but skin and bones.
Being someone in recovery from anorexia, I, of course, am longing to help her. But I do realize that it might seem inappropriate to her, especially since I don’t know her very well. I also realize that she may resent me and deny that anything is wrong. Yet at the same time, if I don’t say something, who will? Maybe she needs someone’s support—someone who won’t judge her and who will actually be able to assist her in finding the help she needs.
I am leaning on the side of saying something to her but was curious to know what you would do in this situation? And how you would go about it? Is it unprofessional or necessary?