Eating disorders and weight concerns-Lets talk about it.

Monday, November 25, 2013

                                            Grant Cochrane

A study conducted in 2008 found that 65% of women between the ages of 25-45 have disordered eating habits, and another 10% actually have an eating disorder. That means that about 75% of women struggle to maintain positive attitudes and healthy practices when it comes to food. These percentages are WAY too high, it is time to rethink our relationship with food and begin enjoying food in a healthy manner. 

Extreme dieting, anorexia, bulimia, skipping meals, these are all extremely unhealthy ways to lose weight, yet they are still practiced by many women and men today.If you are concerned with how much you weigh, it is important to first visit your primary care doctor.They can show you what a healthy weight range would be for you, and possibly refer you to a registered dietitian or exercise consultant. 

There is a big difference from healthy eating/dieting and an eating disorder.Often times an eating disorder will occur alongside other disorders such as depression, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Eating disorderedly is usually a method of coping from high stress, anxiety, or traumatic events. It is important to recognize the symptoms early on and talk to a professional about your eating concerns. This is a very common issue in America; you should never feel like you are alone. There are people even here on campus to help anyone with eating concerns get back to having a positive outlook on health, food, and life! 

Health Services has lots of resources to help individuals with eating concerns. Check out their online resources, talk with an eating concerns mentor, or a counselor on staff. The UNH Counseling Center also encourages students to talk with them about eating concerns, anxiety and other related issues. You’re not alone, there is assistance all around campus.

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