This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and counseling services will be offering a workshop on improving body image this Thursday, Feb. 27, at 12-1 p.m. in the PUB Quiet Dining Room. Below are a few astounding statistics, and resources regarding college students and Eating Disorders:
Eating Disorders and Body Image concerns are highly relevant for the college population! Did you know:
- The rate of eating disorders among college students has risen to 10 to 20 percent of women and 4 to 10 percent of men (NEDA, 2013).
- Full-blown eating disorders typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age (Hudson, 2007).
- 35 percent of “normal” dieters progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders (Shisslak & Crago, 1995).
- Eating disorders are the mental illness with the highest mortality rate (Arcelus, 2011).
- Help-seeking decreases significantly when people are not aware of the options available to them (Ben-Porath, 2002; Friedman, 2009; Nolen-Hoeksema, 2006; Gould, 2007).
Please know that help is available!
- Shoreline Community College Counseling Center
– Foss (5000) Building, Room 5229
– (206) 546-4559
- National Eating Disorders Association
– Information and referral: (800) 931-2237
– http://www.ulifeline.org (Select subject “eating disorders”)
- King County 24-Hour Crisis Line
– (206) 461-3222