Eating Disorder Awareness

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. 4 out of 10 people have reported that they or someone they know has suffered from an eating disorder. The truth of the matter is that women are more likely to develop an eating disorder than men, but men do develop them. Eating disorders can take many forms, but the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.

Women

There are many myths regarding eating disorders, which is why it is so important to know the facts before passing judgment or information along to someone else. For example, many people believe that having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice. The truth is, eating disorders are classified as a mental illness that can have a drastic effect on the body.

Men

Unfortunately, people who are suffering from an eating disorder are generally good at hiding it. These illnesses typically stem from body dissatisfaction which is something very personal, which makes it understandable as to why someone would feel the need to hide it, which only serves to prolong the disorder. That’s where awareness comes in, and why it is so important to know the truth.

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They are serious illnesses that can wreak havoc both physically and emotionally, and in severe cases, result in death. But the most important thing to realize is that there are many helpful resources out there, and what’s more…hope. GU is an incredibly caring community and can be a great resource and light for someone in this type of situation. There are many different paths to recovery and health, whether that be counseling, medical treatment, or otherwise.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are numerous resources both on campus and elsewhere that can educate and offer guidance and support. It’s never too extreme to step in if someone is endangering their life. Just remember — if it is someone you know — handle their situation with care, as eating disorders are very serious and very personal.

Know the GU Resources

  • StudentWellnessResourceCenter | 1111 N. Cincinnati | (509) 313 – 5921
  • HealthCenter | 714 E. Sharp Ave. | (509) 313 – 4052 or (509) 313 – 4066
  • CounselingCenter | 324 E. Sharp Ave. | (509) 313 – 5921

NED Resources

  • Help Line {toll-free & confidential} | 1-800-931-2237
  • Chat Online or Leave a Message | www.nedawareness.org/helpline
  • Take a free, confidential online eating disorder screening.
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