Who is susceptible to eating disorders? YOU ARE!

Your “ideal” body weight allows you to feel strong and energetic and lead a healthy, normal life. When searching for your ideal weight, don’t rely on charts or tables to dictate what’s right for you. Avoid comparing your body to others. We all have different genetics.

Who is susceptible to eating disorders? YOU ARE!

Every day we are bombarded with visuals of perfect-looking people. Don’t fall into the trap of judging yourself according to media standards. This can lead to distorted body image and eating disorders. Individuals of every age, sex (yes, men too!), ethnicity or socioeconomic status can be susceptible to disordered eating patterns and eating disorders. College-age women and men are at particularly high risk.

  • Evidence of binge-eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time
  • Purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, signs and/or smells of vomiting, presence of food wrappers or packages of laxatives or diuretics
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area
  • Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self-induced vomiting
  • Discoloration or decaying of the teeth
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Similar to Bulimia but without the purging behavior
  • Eating large amounts of food very quickly, even when not hungry
  • Binge eaters are embarrassed by their out-of-control behavior
  • Also known as Compulsive Overeating




  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Preoccupation with weight, food and calories
  • Refusal to eat certain foods
  • Anxiety and comments about feeling “fat” or overweight despite low body weight
  • Denial of hunger Food rituals (e.g. eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate)
  • Constant excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Exercising beyond the requirements of what is considered safe
  • Exercising when injured or sick
  • Finding time at any cost to do the exercise, including cutting class
  • Intense guilt when not able to exercise
  • Physical dangers include stress fractures, osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle), reproductive problems and heart problems




How to help a friend?

Recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder. You cannot take responsibility for another person’s health. It must be her/his decision to get well, but you can help. Try expressing your concern and offer your support. Approach a trusted advisor, health representative, counselor or RA with your concerns. Remember, eating disorders are common and they can be deadly.


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