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! Some included titles are:
- Beauty Mark [DVD]
- Wasted: a memoir of anorexia and bulimia
- Biting Anorexia: a firsthand account of an internal war
- Life without Ed
- The Monster Within: overcoming bulimia
- Decoding Anorexia
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 such as handouts like “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 write a positive message to yourself, others or someone you know who may be struggling. Take and wear a button to proudly show your support!
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 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.
Below are some informative online resources about Eating Disorders:
- National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
- Eating Disorder Coalition
- Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
- Eating Disorders Review
- How to help someone with an eating disorder:
- “What Are Pro-Ana Sites and Why Are They So Dangerous?”