Eating disorders affect millions of men and women each day. While many people suffer from EDs, few people know how to spot or treat one, and many people do not know where to turn for help if they themselves feel that they have an ED. That’s why the Center for Student Wellness at Hobart and William Smith will participate in the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, from Feb. 21 – 25.
Professional staff from the Center for Student Wellness will table in the Scandling Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day this week asking students to sign “Body Peace Treaties,” handout other awareness items, as well as offer confidential mental health screenings conducted by CCSW counselors.
Many people believe that EDs exist because of a desire to be thin, and while thinness is an a large cause of EDs, the NEDA also points out that “Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.”
In addition to the events held in the Scandling Campus Center, a lecture by Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Michele Polak, discussing Pro-Anna and Pro-Mia websites, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Hillcrest House; a spaghetti dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Chaplain’s residence; and an Open Mic Night will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Cafe.