Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Feb. 26-March 4

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It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the library is helping to focus attention toward a growing problem.

Did you know….?

    • As many as 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and associated disorders) in the U.S
    • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
    • 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always”
    • An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male

From: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

On the 1st FL of the library we have a number of displays related to eating disorders. First, we have a book display filled with books on all aspects of eating disorders. Feel free to borrow any of these books if they interest you!

On the opposite side of the same floor is a large grey board with various statistics on eating disorders, as well as how you can get help for yourself or for someone you know. While you’re there, take a second to fill out one of the paper hearts in the “I ♥ My…” display. Markers and paper hearts are provided.

Handouts are provided to take with you for future reference, such as “What Should I Say? Tips for Talking to a Friend Struggling with an Eating Disorder” and “What NOT To Say to Someone in Recovery”.

If you know someone who may need help, take a “Let’s Talk About It” card and start the conversation; both Counseling Services and Health Services can assist students who may have an eating problem or friends of those who have an eating disorder. Take and wear a button to proudly show your support!

On Wed. March 1 from 10am-2pm, go to O’Hare and decorate a flag to show your support (hosted by the Counseling Center and Health Services)

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating problem, please call or go to Health Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2904 or Counseling Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2919.

Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders:

National Eating Disorder Association

National Institute of Mental Health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Eating Disorder Coalition

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