National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Feb. 22-28

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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

From: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Come check out our displays and informational items related to eating disorders on the 1st FL of the library (Café side).

First, we have a display table including books about all types and aspects of eating disorders and body image. Feel free to borrow any of these books if they interest you or might be of help to someone you know. There are also handouts and brochures that can assist with getting help for yourself or for someone you know, 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.

Next to the display table is a large board with a collage of various statistics, quotes, infographics, images, etc. on eating disorders. Take a button to show your support!

Take an online screening for eating disorders at the National Eating Disorders website. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be 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.

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Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders:

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