How Much Do YOU Know About Eating Disorders?

Eating Disorder Awareness Week Raises Knowledge on Campus

March 4, 2009

     Over 10 million women and one million men are affected by an eating disorder each year in the United States.  According to American Anorexia/Bulimia Association, the two main types of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.

     Anorexia is defined as going to extremes to maintain a low body weight.  Anorexics often limit or exclude foods they identify as high in fat or calories, even though the food may have low fat or calorie levels.

     Bulimia consists of habitual behaviors such as the binge eating and vomiting cycle.  Instead of cutting calories, victims of bulimia will “over eat” then vomit directly after consuming food.    

     Types of bulimia can also include laxative, medication, enema, and diuretic (water pill) abuse.

     Symptoms and signs of anorexia can include an abrupt break in the menstruation cycle, a decrease in body temperature, a severe constipation, and brittle nails and hair.  Someone who is anorexic might also frequently check their weight, deny being hungry to avoid mealtimes, and keep trying to lose weight even if they are thin.

     Victims of bulimia often have chronic throat inflammation; tooth decay; acid reflux; swollen neck and salivary glands; and swollen and puffy face from constantly vomiting.  Laxative abuse can also cause irritation and intestinal problems.

     For more information on eating disorders, visit the American Anorexia/Bulimia Association or Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention websites online. 

     If you or someone you know has an eating disorder please contact Renee Pinkelman, the campus counselor; Missy Holmes, the campus nurse; a Resident or Community Assistant; or Campus Safety.