Many people think having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice, when in fact it is a mental illness. By talking about it we can reach out to others and de-stigmatize this mental illness. Eating disorders are more common than you think.
To help yourself, and to help someone you care about, know the signs of an eating disorder:
- Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body shape, or exercise
- Obsessed with weight and weights self frequently
- Severely restricting the consumption of food
- Avoiding eating with friends and family
- Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)
If the warning signs describe you, or someone you know, you may be at-risk for the most common types of eating disorders, and should take a screening for:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating
Take an in-person screening Thursday, March 6, at Kellogg Plaza, 11am-1pm or on-line at: www.MyBodyScreening.org
Your next step is to get help from CSUSM Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). Please contact our offices for more information and an appointment at 760-750-4915, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now on campus, Active Minds CSUSM, is a student organization that focuses on promoting mental health and educating students about various mental illnesses. Active Minds CSUSM helps students to accept and support each other.
Active Minds CSUSM Helpful Tips on How to Approach a Person With an Eating Disorder:
- Be an active listener
- Use “I” statement. For example, “I’m concerned about you…“ OR, “I care about you, and I’ve noticed that…”
- Make a point to schedule some time with your friend that is not focused around his or her eating disorder.
- Be positive about YOUR own weight, body, and eating.
- Remember, you don’t have to be perfect; you just need to be there. Get back-up, Be back-up. Together we’re stronger.
For more info on Active Minds CSUSM, contact Victoria Sandoval, President, email@example.com
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Active Minds CSUSM Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional help/resources are available.
- Information and referral helpline NEDA 800-931-2237 or email@example.com
- The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) 866-662-1235
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 847-831-3438
- Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) 847-498-4274
- International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) 800-800-8126