Eating disorders affect individuals from every walk of life. People of
any age, gender or race can be afflicted. Among the eating disorders you
may encounter on a college campus are:
A key identifying factor for this eating disorder
is extreme thinness. But people with anorexia - 95 percent of whom are
women - typically do not acknowledge the disorder because they don't view
themselves as thin. Instead, they feel a compulsive need to diet.
While students suffering from anorexia often get good grades and are
considered personable, their eating patterns include crash dieting, consuming
foods with very little caloric value, or not eating at all. Exercise is
performed at an extreme level, and because starvation affects hormone
levels, women suffering from anorexia usually do not experience menstruation.
More information is available on the Mayo Clinic's Web page on anorexia bulimia.
Characterized by binge eating that lasts anywhere from
a few hours to several days, bulimia is more common among college students
than anorexia nervosa. During a binge, people with this eating disorder
consume enormous amounts of food, often focusing on junk food. The binge
is usually followed by a purging period, when induced vomiting, laxatives
and exercise are used in an effort to get rid of the extreme caloric
People with bulimia are typically not as thin as those with anorexia.
They are often good students, and it usually not difficult to convince
someone with bulimia to seek treatment.
Some people may suffer from bulimia and anorexia. Both are serious diseases
with side effects that can include death.
More information is available on the Mayo Clinic's Web page on bulimia.
Overeating is a problem found throughout all of society,
including college campuses. There is controversy among medical experts
as to whether or not there is a genetic connection to overeating and obesity,
but the experts agree that a healthy eating combined with exercise can
help keep obesity under control. More information is available on the Mayo Clinic's Web page on obesity.
To find out more about anorexia, bulimia or obesity visit College Health
Services or the Center for Counseling.
You can also contact College Health Services at
(518) 629-7468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All visits and conversations are confidential.