National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Note: This information could be potentially triggering to those who have suffered or have a loved one who suffers from an eating disorder.
Today marks the start of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week! The Inter-Sorority Council encourages you to learn more about eating disorders and the resources available to help you or a friend.
Eating disorders often go unnoticed and undiscussed on college campuses, but an estimated 10-20% of women and 4-10% of men in college suffer from an eating disorder.
Warning Signs and Symptoms
This is not intended to be a comprehensive checklist; warning signs vary across people and disorders and will not be the same for everyone
Emotional and Behavioral
Primary concerns of weight loss, dieting, exercise
Preoccupation with food control
Skipping meals or taking smaller portions regularly
Withdrawal from usual friends or activities
Extreme concern with body size and/or shape
Extreme mood swings
New practices with food diets or fads or refusal to eat food categories
Frequent checking of appearance for flaws
Noticeable fluctuations in weight (both up and down)
Dizziness, especially upon standing, and/or fainting
Constantly feeling cold
Impaired immune system
Poor wound healing and/or new bruising and callouses, especially on hands
Different Kinds of Eating Disorders
Again, this is not a comprehensive definition of every disorder and symptoms may manifest themselves differently in different people. There are also several other types of eating disorders and disordered eating categories.
Anorexia Nervosa → characterized by dramatic weight loss, difficulties maintaining a healthy weight, excessive exercise, food restriction, and distorted body image
Bulimia Nervosa → characterized by cycles of bingeing and compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting to undo effects of bingeing
Binge Eating Disorder → characterized by recurrent episodes of food bingeing, a lack of control over food consumption, feelings of guilt or shame afterward
Resources at Dartmouth
Dick’s House → uses a team of medical, mental health, and nutritional professionals
Primary Care Line → (603) 646-9401
Counseling or Nutrition → (603) 646-9442
NEDA Hotline → (800) 931-2237
Feel free to reach out the Inter-Sorority Council (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions/concerns!