Each year eating disorders continue to be on the rise among college students. An eating disorder is a condition that affects an individual’s eating habits. There are two main types, anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is a deliberate sustained weight loss driven by a fear of distorted body image. It is 10 times more likely in females than males. It has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness because its victims literally starve themselves to death. Even those who recover from it can end up with lasting damage to their digestive system, heart and more. People with bulimia seek out binge and purge episodes — they will eat a large quantity of food in a relatively short period of time and then use behaviors such as taking laxatives or self-induced vomiting. For those who suffer they seek these two methods as ways to regain control in their lives, something that is often missing in college life.
If you know someone who is struggling with an eating disorder seek out help, this is a very serious disease. Visit this site to look at the list of warning signs and suggestions. It is critical that these victims get help, and they sometimes are too far down to get it on their own. While you may think they have the perfect body, they may not be able able to see that. Most importantly talk to them, and let them know you are there; an eating disorder is a scary thing to live with, help them know you love them no matter what. Don’t judge them for what they are doing, it is a disease.
If you would like to learn how to get help for an eating disorder, or donate to help others visit the National Eating Disorders Association.