National Eating Disorders Week is February 23 to March 1, 2014
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
Did you know?
15% of women ages 17 to 24 have disordered eating
91% of women in college have attempted to control their weight through dieting
54% of men of unhappy with their appearance and wish their bodies were different
Concerned about Someone? Here are Some Things to Look for.
- Dramatic weight loss/gain in a relatively short period of time
- Belief that thinness will bring happiness
- Isolation – fear of eating with or around others
- Compulsive exercise – over-exercising; exercising when physically exhausted
- Food restriction and self starvation: lying about eating habits
- Mood swings, depression, fatigue
- Obsession with calories, fat and/or weight
- Hair loss, dizziness, headaches, lack of concentration
- Loss of menstrual cycle
How to Help a Friend with Eating and Body Image Issues
- Learn as much as you can about eating disorders
- Know the differences between facts and myths about weight, nutrition and exercise. Knowing the facts will help you reason against any inaccurate ideas that your friend may be using as excuses to continue disordered eating patterns.
- Be honest. Talk openly and honestly about your concerns. Avoiding or ignoring it won’t help!
- Compliment your friend’s wonderful personality, successes or accomplishments. Remind them that true beauty is not simply skin deep.
- Be a good role model of sensible eating, exercise and self-acceptance
- Tell someone! Addressing body image or eating problems in the beginning stages offers your friend the best chance for working through these issues and becoming healthy again.
Remember, you cannot force someone to seek help, change their habits or adjust their attitudes. You will make progress in honestly sharing your concerns and providing support. People struggling with disordered eating need professional help! There is help available and there is hope!
Information from National Eating Disorders
Association (NEDA) and Multi-Service Eating
Disorder Association, Inc (MEDA) publications
Eating Disorder Screenings available to students! Free! Confidential and Anonymous!
Online screening for depression, anxiety, alcohol and eating disorders available to students. This screening does not provide diagnosis. It is provided so that you may find out, in a few minutes, whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.
For your free, confidential screening go to:
Choose the “Mental Health Self Assessment Help” button on the right hand side and use “northland” for the keyword