January News 2012

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 24th through March 2 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Did you know?

  • In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life?
  • That an eating disorder is a serious illness?
  • That having an eating disorder can have severe health consequences and can even be life threatening?

Both men and women of all economic classes and ethnicities can be affected by an eating disorder. The number of individuals suffering from an eating disorder has approximately doubled since the 1960’s with our society’s continued idealization of thinness and perfection. Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates among mental illnesses. Other major medical complications can arise as a result of eating disorders including heart issues, cognitive impairment, and infertility.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder it is important to get help. On the JMU campus the Varner house is a good place to start if you are seeking help. You can schedule an initial appointment with a counselor by calling 540-568-6552 between 8 am and 5 pm weekly.

For more information about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week please visit: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/nedawareness-week