It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the library is helping to focus attention toward this 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
On the 1st FL of the library we have a number of displays related to eating disorders. First, we have a display filled with books and DVDs on all types and aspects of eating disorders. Feel free to borrow any of these books or films if they interest you!
Next to the book display is a large board with a collage of various statistics, quotes, etc. on eating disorders, as well as ways you can get help for yourself or for someone you know. On the opposite side of the 1st FL, 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.”
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!
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. Feb. 28 from 12-2pm, go to the Miley Dining Hall Lobby and participate in #SalveChoosesBeautiful Body Image campaign activities (hosted by the Counseling Center and Health Services)
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating problem, please call or walk into Health Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2904 or Counseling Services, Miley Hall (Garden Level), x2919.
Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders: