Should it be legal for anorexics to be force fed?

United States
March 23, 2007 7:45pm CST
In some places it is, with parental consent of course. Should it be ok to force someone to eat to prevent them from starving themselves, or is it too damaging psychologically?
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I think it should be legal for minors. Sometimes in a starved state you are unable to think clearly. Force feeding allows the brain to get nutrients and be more responsive to treatments.
• United States
25 Mar 07
It increases the person's fear of food and is damaging to every part of their lives. How would you like it if they shoved food down your throat when you didn't want it?
• United States
27 Mar 07
That's hilarious. And potentially pointless. "Oh, we have some anorexics--lets' shove this sandwich down their throats--maybe we can turn them into bulimics." I think eating disorders are psychological disorders and should be treated as such. You have to heal the head first. And, while force feeding them *might* keep them alive, it won't cure them. It might make their psychological issues even worse. I think if they were to be treated mentally and honestly wanted to change their habits, then many people with eating disorders could overcome it.
@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
This is a hard Question, I in the past was an anorexic but didnt really see what I was doing, I had people around me telling me. When someone would ask me Questions I would Questioned a Health care working, they would sit and talk with me explain what I was doing and encouraged me, I then of course needed to change the way I was living not only for myself but also for my 4 children, I had seen that they were picking up my bad habitis and was starting to do it to! Well 7 years later I have gotten my butt in gear and started to show my family a better way of living. I think for me it took some growing up, changing the bad habits, the Will and the great support! I think for these young ones out there, they are crying for attention and I think with a good support group or person they trust could over come this ugly disease.
• United Arab Emirates
26 Mar 07
As I have been in an eating disorder hospital I would know first-hand what it is like to hear yells as people are reapplying the food tube, due to the young woman pulling it out. Is it ok? No, no one should be forced to do anything. But in these conditions it is necessary, although it may cause some physiological imbalances, nothing will be more worse then continuing to not eat. By not eating you progressively become worse and plummet to a never ending spiral until you die. In these cases, it is necessary to force feed these humans suffering with an eating disorder or they WILL die due to starvation. Usually someone will break down and eat when at home, but in these extremely control hospitals, it increases your need to control your food, ultimately leaving you will no appetite what-so-ever.
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
24 Mar 07
i dont think that anyone should be force fed even though they are damaging themselves, what happend if the person is over 18 than the parents cant do nothing, only to tell that person to eat more it is sad, but there nothing they can really do about it if the person refuse to eat
@bbabita (20)
• India
24 Mar 07
It is in no way right to force someone to eat , be it be minor or major, the more someone is forced to do something , the less his mind accepts it , let the person think and decide on his own , the only thing we can do is to make him understand the after effects of being an anorexic.
@asteriskec (1074)
• Philippines
24 Mar 07
I don't think that it's okay to "force" anyone to do something. The more the person is "forced", the more hostile/defiant he/she can be. I think with proper guidance, counseling and explanation to the person involved, things will go smoothly and the person would gradually understand that the concern would do him/her good in the long run.