Have You Seen the Signs?

Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Others include binge eating disorder (binge without purging), purging disorder (purge without bingeing), avoidant food intake disorder (restricting food), and orthorexia nervosa (obsession with healthy eating). While disordered eating does not fully meet the criterion of an eating disorder, it does embellish many of the same unhealthy patterns and approaches to food. Some common behaviors include:

Feeling bothered or nervous over minor changes in weight

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Daily or compulsive weight monitoring

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Exorbitant food consumption with a lack of hunger

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Restricting entire food group (i.e protein or carbohydrates) due to fear of weight gain

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Changes in diet due to altered mood

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Perpetual thoughts of food and planning meals

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Abstaining from opportunities to eat with friends or family

FACT or FICTION?: Understanding Eating Disorder

The first step in understanding eating disorders and why they occur is to dispel some of the common misconceptions that stray from the truth surrounding this health issue. Below are five statements regarding eating disorders. Can you separate fact from fiction?

You may physically suffer from an eating disorder, but it cannot result in death.

Fiction.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest fatality rate among all psychiatric illnesses. Anorexia nervosa is twelve times more likely to claim the life of females aged 15-24 than any other cause of death.

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Eating disorders can lead to further emotional complications.

Fact.

Nearly 50% of those with eating disorders meet the conditions for depression. Other forms of mental illness can coincide with an eating disorder, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The only consequence of an eating disorder is weight loss.

Fiction.

In cases of anorexia nervosa, the physical effects can include heart and kidney failure, reduction of bone density, muscle loss, dehydration, and hair loss. In cases of bulimia nervosa, physical effects can include pancreatitis, tooth decay, and irregular heartbeat.

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Eating disorders do occur across gender lines.

Fact.

10%-20% of female and 4%-10% of male students have some sort of clinical eating disorder. Among male college undergraduates, 25% reported binge eating and 24% reported fasting within the last month. Men are less likely than women to seek treatment due to the common perception that eating disorders are female-derived.

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You cannot recover from an eating disorder if you are in a critical, physical condition.

Fiction.

With adequate treatment, 60% of those suffering from an eating disorder do recover. It is never too late to seek help.

Let’s Talk About Sex!

As college students, many of us starting to explore our sexuality and starting to become sexually active and perhaps getting into serious relationships. Yet, how many of us are actually engaging in talking about safer sex or taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent the spread of STDs and unplanned pregnancies? If you’re not engaging in consensual and safer sex, these statistics might help you change your mind.

Did you know?

Safe Sex is the Best Sex but what is Safe Sex?safersex
Safe sex is taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent one from catching or passing STDs, also sometimes called STIs. We all may have heard these terms before but are unsure of what they exactly mean. An STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) are passed through sexual contact through semen, blood, and vaginal/cervical secretion. Some of the most common STDs and STIs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, HPV, HIV, and AIDS. However, safe sex doesn’t just involve the prevention of STDs but also ensuring that it is consensual. Consensual is also a word that may be unfamiliar to some. In order to have consensual sex both members of the party must voluntarily want to engage in sexual activities together.
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NO More! Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NO_MORE_INLINE_TAG_RGBThe month of October holds a lot of meaning to it. Not only is it Breast Cancer awareness month, but it is also Domestic Violence Awareness. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence also known as the NCADV set the month of October as Domestic Violence awareness month.

Domestic violence is defined as battering, meaning that there is a behavioral pattern in which an individual tries to strike fear or intimidation in another, usually through violence, to establish power or control. This does not just occur between intimate partner relationships, but between family members as well.

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RAINN Day – It’s On US!

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Day is a day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are survivors of sexual assault.

On Thursday, September 25th we will be empowering students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on campus. Join the fight against sexual violence.

You can participate in the following ways:itsonusSign an online Pledge on the It’s On US website : http://itsonus.org/#pledge_open

Sign your name on the Umbrellas to identify that non-consensual sex is sexual assault

Handprint activity for showing that we don’t use our hands to hurt others

Participants will receive a cool Bracelet or keychain for participating.

Hashtag #cougarsRESPECT.

If you need help, call 1-800-656-HOPE.

 

Welcome to Fall 2014 Semester Cougars!

cougarpawWelcome back to school Cougars! For those new students, you are about to be in for a big journey. As many of you will soon see, I’m sure, college isn’t just about studying and school work. It is also about having fun, making friends, cutting loose, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. It is important therefore to ensure that your college experience does not end in  disaster.

Alcohol is a very common thing to see at college parties and in college life in general,. Used in moderation and in smart ways, can really be fun and safe. However, used irresponsibly, it is also responsible for around 1,825 deaths of college students from ages 18-24 per year. As well as around 600,000 reported cases of Assault and Injury. Close to 100,000 students ages 18-24 report being victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or rape. All these as well as increased chances of academic problems and health problems/suicide attempts are simply due to alcohol abuse.
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