Students With Eating Disorders

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Introduction Right now there are students on every college campus slowly killing themselves. Every day they are getting closer and closer to death. Most have become experts at keeping their condition hidden and walk around looking just as any other higher education student. Some show no signs or clues of this slow death. Many of these dying students are active on campus and have 4.0 GPAs, others dart around campus going unseen, but both are inflicting painful self-induced deaths. This may sound extremely dramatic, but that is exactly what eating disorders are, for these students and for anyone who has an eating disorder death is one of the most undeniable and likely outcomes. This is not what the “normal” or “typical” college student…show more content…
What is an eating disorder? With all the general misconceptions knowing the medical definitions of what eating disorders are and what they entail in important in working today with students in this subculture. According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) there are four major categories of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. All forms of eating disorders are mental disorders caused by biological, psychological and sociological factors. Many believe you can choose to have and pick an eating disorder to have; however this is not the case and recovery does not mean eating more or less. Eating disorders most typically begin in early adolescents and are typically accompanied and complicated by other mental disorders, like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression and Anxiety Disorders (Eating Recovery Center, 2013). Here is each disorder defined with common symptoms or behaviors: Anorexia Nervosa: “A disorder in which an individual refuses to maintain minimally normal body weight, intensely fears gaining weight, and exhibits a significant disturbance in his/her perception of the shape or size of his/her body.” (NEDA, 2007) This disorder involves self-starvation and extreme weight loss. This disorder is also known as a referred to as Anorexia or “Ana” by
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