29 June 2011

Guest article - "15 Alarming Facts About Eating Disorders In College"

I was recently e-mailed by Kaitlyn Cole of OnlineUniversities.com regarding a recent article the website had published — "15 Alarming Facts About Eating Disorders In College." Don't let the title fool you — the article contains valuable information about eating disorders for people of any age. It also takes on several stereotypes about eating disorders. For example, the article points out that eating disorders strikes both men and women.

One of the most interesting things pointed out in the article is how nutritional information on food can be triggering. As someone recovering from anorexia, I sometimes do feel a twinge of guilt or worry when ordering out in restaurants and the calories are laid out there for me to see, and I have to tell myself it is okay to enjoy higher calorie foods. I remember when I was actively anorexic and I would count every calorie I ingested. The nutritional information provided by so many restaurants and packages of food were a great help for restricting.

The article also addresses other important issues, including the pro-anorexia movement and the fact that eating disorders do kill.

Therefore, I highly recommend you read "15 Alarming Facts About Eating Disorders In College". I would love to hear what you think about the article.

(Note: I do plan to write a personal post very soon. Graduate school is keeping me really busy right now, but soon I will have time for personal writing. I wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!)


I Hate to Weight said...

very, very interesting article.

i was definetely a binge eater for a long time, and it was just as real and horrible as my anorexia and bulimia.

the numbers are staggering. what is wrong with our world that 91% of college age girls are dieting?

i know that eating disorders are a disease -- like alcohol and drugs; however, i really do think that our crazy world has something to do with the current prevalence of eating disorders. in the past, we might have picked a different "drug" to deal with the emptiness inside.

it really wants me to get my MSW and go work in a college counseling center!

thanks for sharing the article. wishing you very, very well!!!!

California Doctor said...

Thanks for the great article. I remember how college was and it was not the easiest when I was challenged with my addiction. Good luck on your journey.