Have you heard of “freshman 15”? We bet you did, and we’re sure that many you have even experienced it. That weight problem is rooted in an eating disorder, and that’s not a single problem connected with eating disorders that students face during their college years. Tens of thousands of college students develop eating disorders and unfortunately the vast majority of them don’t seek assistance and don’t even understand that they have a problem.
Eating disorders revolve around food and unite a wide range of issues and conditions. According to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD):
Though the last two statistical facts relate to women, men are also likely to develop an eating disorder.
A list of the most common eating disorders consists of:
There are different symptoms that are manifested when the person has an eating disorder. All of them vary greatly depending on every person and their mental condition. However, there are some behavioral tendencies that are common for anorexia, bulimia, and binging:
The vast majority of students don’t even understand that they have developed an eating disorder. Because of the lack of such understanding, they don’t seek cures from these disturbing health issues. If no attention is paid to an eating disorder, it can turn into a serious health issue, such as:
All of us have busy times when we have no time to eat at all or we eat junk food. If it happens from time to time and your eating schedule gets back to normal, it’s not the reason to think that you have an eating disorder. However, when you notice that unhealthy or disturbing eating habits are becoming a routine for you or your friend, know it’s the time to take a closer look at this matter.
Here is a list of signs that may indicate the presence of an eating disorder in somebody:
If you gave a positive answer to one or more questions from the list, then you or your friend may have some type of an eating disorder. If you’ve analyzed yourself and found these symptoms, admit your problem and consult a professional psychotherapist. If your friend has these symptoms, approach him or her very carefully, show your sincere concern and offer your help.
These resources will be very helpful when dealing with eating disorders: