Do You Have an Eating Disorder?
Photo by Danielle Thomas|
(from left, standing) Sophomores Keith
Franklin and Shuntoria Walls and junior Shree Johnson turn in their eating
disorder screening tools to (seated from left) Terri Richardson and Laura
Hughes on Wednesday in the Green Room.|
The University of Arkansas at
Monticello held the fifth annual Eating Disorders
Screening Feb 22.
director of Student Services
and the exercise center, and Laura Hughes, director of Counseling,
Testing and Career Services, held
the screening in the Gibson University Center Green
The screening monitored anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. These eating disorders are a major problem in
college students and can also cause mental problems.
"Usually, people with eating disorders suffer from other mental
disorders -- depression, anxiety disorders and substance
abuse," Hughes said.
The screening is a national event from Mental Health
Screening. Students answer a series of questions to determine if they have an eating disorder.
The Renfrew Center Foundation, there are many signs that
a person has an eating disorder.
A person with anorexia:
Is thin and continues to get thinner
Diets even though she/he is not overweight
Has a distorted body-image -- feels fat even when they are thin
Loses or experiences thinning hair
Talks excessively about food, cooking or dieting
A person with bulimia:
Engages in binge eating
Uses the bathroom frequently after meals
Reacts to stress by overeating
Experiences frequent fluctuations in weight
Has depressive moods
A person with binge eating disorder:
Eats large amounts of food when not physically hungry
Eats to the point of feeling uncomfortably full
Often eats alone because of shame or embarrassment
Has a history of marked weight fluctuations
According to the National Institute of Mental Heath, adolescent and
young women account for 90 percent of eating disorder
cases; however, eating disorders are also a problem
among men. Men
are more likely to develop an eating disorder when participating in sports where their weight is monitored,
such as swimming, body-building and wrestling.
"Normally, people think (eating disorders) are strictly common in
females, but that's not the case," Richardson said.
Hughes and Richardson score the results
as soon as the student is done with the screening tool.
They also send the results to Mental Health Screening.
Richardson said they make referrals to the
appropriate healthcare providers. Student Health
Services follow up with the students.
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