“It’s time to talk about it…”

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

It’s past time to spread awareness and offer treatment and support to our friends, sisters and brothers who suffer from these afflictions.

Just a few facts:

“Studies indicate that by their first year of college, 4.5 to 18% of women and .4% of men have a history of bulimia”
“In each decade since the 1930’s, there has been a rise in the incidence of anorexia nervosa in adolescent girls aged 15-19.”

“Only one-third of people with anorexia in the community receive mental health care.”

“ Only 6% of people with bulimia receive mental health care.”  

“35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting.  Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or fullsyndrome eating disorders.”

Eating disorders  (such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder) include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Symptoms include:

• Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for height, body

type, age, and activity level

• Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”

• Feeling “fat” or overweight despite dramatic weight loss

• Loss of menstrual periods

• Extreme concern with body weight and shape

BULIMIA NERVOSA is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging.

Bulimia includes eating large amounts of food–more than most people would eat in one meal–in short

periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or overexercising.

Symptoms include:

• Repeated episodes of bingeing and purging

• Feeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness

• Purging after a binge, (typically by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills

and/or diuretics, excessive exercise, or fasting)

• Frequent dieting

• Extreme concern with body weight and shape

BINGE EATING DISORDER (also known as COMPULSIVE OVEREATING) is

characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of

feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and

often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. People who overeat compulsively may struggle with

anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can contribute to their unhealthy episodes of binge eating.

Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.

OTHER EATING DISORDERS can include some combination of the signs and symptoms

of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder. While these behaviors may not be clinically

considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally

draining. All eating disorders require professional help.

*A story of hope:

“If you saw a picture of me in 1983, you would see a pretty, 5’6” tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed girl. That’s not what I saw when I looked in the mirror. My thighs curved out where they should curve in. My nose was too big and lips too small. Standing sideways in the mirror I couldn’t tell if my feet were too big or my legs too short, something I first noticed at age ten, but by seventeen, I was sure that something wasn’t right. My mother was on the “Dolly Parton Diet” and that sounded good to me. I never managed to sustain this diet for long, but more importantly, people noticed. They noticed and commented. They said, “Have you lost weight?” but I heard, “You look great!” Ahh, attention. Just what I had been craving….”

Finish this story here

If you have questions, need to talk, know someone or you are struggling, don’t hesitate to come up to the counseling center and speak with one of our counselors.

*Today (Tuesday Feb 22) there is a booth in the FSU lobby with more information as well.

This is information was taken from the NEDA site.

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