Next week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. In the United States, over ten million females and one million males suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are especially common on college campuses where recent studies have shown that nearly one in five students admit to suffering from an eating disorder at some time in their lives. Unfortunately, only one third of those suffering from anorexia nervosa and 6 percent of those with bulimia nervosa receive mental health care, says Tiffany Morton, a dietetic intern working under Jill Shaw, registered dietitian, UNCG Wellness Center.
Here on campus, the Wellness Center Nutrition Services, Counseling and Testing Center, and Student Health Services work together as part of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team. This team can provide non-intensive outpatient services for students, faculty and staff. If more intensive treatment is required, providers can direct clients to nearby facilities that can meet their needs, Morton notes. The National Eating Disorders Association hotline is 1-800-931-2237, she adds.
To learn more and have an opportunity to ask questions, visit the Wellness Center table during Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Atrium, Feb. 23-24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the EUC Commons). Also, attend a seminar Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, where a speaker will talk about her experiences. For more information about the characteristics and signs of eating disorders, visit the Wellness Center web site.