National Eating Disorders Awareness Week



National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 24-March 2, 2013

Please join Talk One2One in recognizing the National Eating Disorders Association’s NEDAwareness Week, taking place February 24-March 2, 2013.

The aim of NEDAwareness Week, through its “Everybody Knows Somebody” campaign, is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders and body image issues. For further information, go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org, or call their information line at 1.800.931.2237.

Many eating disorders begin during college, when for some the pressures of college life can exacerbate or contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behavior: extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, and feelings of distress and extreme concern about body shape or weight. People with eating disorders often use food and the control of food in an attempt to compensate for feelings and emotions that may otherwise seem overwhelming.

Types of Eating Disorders
1. Anorexia Nervosa: Resistance to maintaining body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height, and/or intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
2. Bulimia Nervosa: Recurrent inappropriate compulsive behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self‐induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications (purging), fasting, or excessive exercise.
3. Compulsive Binge Eating: Recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterized by eating an excessive amount of food within a discrete period of time and by a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode.

Eating disorders are treatable conditions. If you see any of these signs and symptoms in yourself, or if you have a friend or loved one who has these symptoms, please contact your Student Assistance Program.

|The counselors at Talk One2One are trained and knowledgeable about eating disorders and their treatment. They can assist you in making an action plan to get help for yourself, or for your friend or loved one.

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