Feb. 20-26: Marymount Manhattan Joins National Effort to Raise Awareness About Eating Disorders
February 26, 2011
Dates: February 20-26
Location: Marymount Manhattan College
Contact: Suzanne Sorrentino, Counseling & Wellness Coordinator, (212) 774-0755 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) at Marymount Manhattan College is sponsoring a series of events to mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 20-26.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual, national effort supported by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
Eating disorders can occur when a male or female’s attitudes about food, weight and body size lead to very rigid eating and exercise habits that jeopardize that person’s health, happiness, and safety. Disorders include anorexia nervosa, characterized by self-starvation; bulimia nervosa, which features a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging; and compulsive overeating.
“Young adults are bombarded with skewed images in the media and popular culture that can distort how men and women see themselves,” said MMC Staff Counselor and Wellness Coordinator Suzanne Sorrentino, LCSW. “We hope that by raising awareness and conversations about body image and eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we can help promote healthy attitudes about eating, self-acceptance and self care.”
Eating disorders can be life-threatening. In fact, NEDA reports as many as 10 million females and 1 million males have either anorexia or bulimia. NEDA also concludes the death rate for females, ages 15 to 24, who have anorexia, is 12 times higher than for all other causes of death.
The incidence of anorexia and bulimia is also on the rise, especially among women ages 15 to 24, according to NEDA. Despite these disturbing statistics, college-age men and women continue to be obsessed with dieting. According to NEDA, 91 percent of women on a college campus said they attempt to control their weight through dieting, despite evidence that 95 percent of dieters regain their weight in one to five years.
During Eating Disorders Awareness Week, literature about eating disorders, healthy eating and body image will be made available around campus. The Thomas J. Shanahan Library will host an exhibit of materials related to eating disorders and body image. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 3 p.m., the center will host an interactive educational event outside the Nugent Lounge to raise awareness about how the media colors our perceptions of how people look or should look. On Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5:50 to 7:10 p.m. the center will host a panel discussion on eating disorders. Panelists will include people who have battled eating disorders through medical and professional assistance.
In the spirit of NEDA’s campaign for this year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week to ask everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. The center encourages students to engage in dialogues about body image, and healthy eating.