"Eating" refers to eating habits, weight control practices, and attitudes about weight and body shape; "disorder" refers to the consequent loss of self-control, obsession, anxiety, alienation, and potentially life-threatening physiological imbalances.
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Eating Disorders on College Campuses
Eating disorders occur when one's use of food causes increasingly serious problems in major areas of one's life.
The three major disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and compulsive overeating.
Who has eating disorders?
Anyone. Eating disorders cut across gender, race, and class lines. Due to cultural ideas of feminine beauty, however, young women feel a strong desire to be thinner than their bodies naturally are.
What are some causes?
Food is not the issue! People with eating disorders are struggling to cover up other problems or cope with painful emotions to feel as if they are in control of their lives:
- Low self-esteem and low self-worth
- Troubled family and personal relationships
- Our culture's constant idealization of thinness and "the perfect body"
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The National Women's Health Information Center is a service of the Office on Women's
Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OWH works to
improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through
its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and
motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues. NEDA is dedicated to expanding public understanding and prevention of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.
Body Image Health
This website provides information and tools for parents, teachers, and others who
wish to prevent body image, eating, fitness and weight problems before they start.
For more information, please contact the Women's Center at (203) 392-6946.