BYU Women’s Services hosting events during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

BYU Women’s Services hosting events during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

PROVO, Utah – It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and Brigham Young University Women’s Services is hosting multiple events to raise awareness for the community.

Events include keynote speakers who specialize in different areas involving eating disorders. Eating disorders impact millions of people every year, with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating being the most common.

“A very big misconception (is) that it’s just a women’s problem,” said BYU dietitian Lauren Absher, who works with students fighting these illnesses. “It’s worse sometimes before it gets better.”

Absher tells us that Utah holds an average ranking in the United States for recorded eating disorders. She also said that BYU holds an average ranking among universities in Utah.

A new study from the National Eating Disorder Association estimates about a half million teens struggle with some form of disordered eating. “It’s definitely prevalent on our campus,” said Rachel, BYU’s Nutrition Wellness Consultant.

A woman currently struggling with anorexia, who prefers to remain anonymous, said she feels it’s important that people hear her story.

“So I went from 112, and then I was like okay, one more pound, okay, two more pounds, okay, three more pounds, and then I ended up by getting under a hundred, which… was the same weight as my… twelve year old cousin, at 21,” she said.

Health workers said that eating disorders are a serious, life threatening illnesses, but they can be prevented and treated.

 

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