About Eating Disorders
Eating patterns of people with eating
problems can cause serious medical complications. Anorexia nervosa and
bulimia are two serious eating disorders which frequently affect college
students. Early recognition and referral for treatment will improve
chances for full recovery.
Anorexia nervosa is a pattern of self-imposed
starvation. It can be recognized by the following behavioral, emotional
and physical symptoms:
• Unusual eating habits -- preoccupation with food
• Excessive physical activity -- with the goal
of burning calories
• Withdrawal from friends and family because
of focus on weight loss
• Overuse of laxatives to lose weight
• Lack of self esteem, depression, thoughts about
• Denial of an underweight condition and the
desire to still lose more weight
• Extreme weight loss
• Absence of menstruation
• Cavities and gum disease
• Extreme sensitivity to cold
• Hair, nail and skin problems
What causes anorexia nervosa? The causes
may be psychological, biological or social. One thing that all experts
agree on is that food itself is not the cause. Early detection and treatment
are necessary to prevent permanent damage to the heart, reproductive
organs, and other internal organs.
Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized
by binge eating and self-induced vomiting. Some of the same symptoms
are present as with anorexia. Some people with anorexia later add symptoms
of bulimia as an alternative way of controlling weight.
If you or someone you care about
suffers any of the above symptoms and you would like more information,
come in and speak with a professional counselor in 0203 James Hall.
services are free and confidential.