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EATING DISORDERS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Eating Disorders on College Campuses Gloria B. Veneziale Michigan State University Abstract 1
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2[Type text] [Type text] [Type text] Eating disorders are a major problem on the rise of our generation because many go unnoticed, unreported, or untreated; any of these three types of neglect can result in the death of a suffering individual due to a mental problem i . e. eating disorders. Many women on college campuses suffer from eating disorders due to the stress of the first year on their own. Not only do women suffer from eating disorders, men have been found to fall victim to the mental eating disorders as well, more commonly to binge eating than to anorexia, but a harmful disorder nonetheless. To assess the topic of eating disorders on college campuses references were inferred from scientifically conducted researches, websites, and journals as well as drawing upon personal experiences . As a result , eating disorders are a growing problem on campuses due to increased mental stress and pressures experienced by young adults. Raising awareness to the fact that both men and women adversely fighting eating disorders can potentially save the lives of suffering young adults across campuses nation wide. Eating Disorders on College Campuses
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EATING DISORDERS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Background information and facts As young adults being their journeys after high school, many embark on the adventure of a lifetime that we call college. Adjusting to a new college lifestyle and social pressures is hectic and a far from uniform process or you will be consumed by all of the newfound freedoms and expectations impeding on your youth. Now, imagine trying to adjust to a new lifestyle in a setting of bountiful other adolescent people that already seem well acclimated but all you can focus on is how your body does not look like your roommates or suitemates and how you’re already planning to skip late night for the rest of welcome week. “90 % of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25” (Substance, 2011). Moving away from home and the easy high school lifestyle to a solely independent college lifestyle, many college students feel pressure and anxiety that they have no control over their future and become overwhelmed with their new surroundings. For a majority of women, and some men, eating disorders become their selected act that they have full control over which gives them a sense of stability and control. “ Disordered eating may even represent an attempt to over-come underlying vulnerabilities by exerting control over eating behavior and weight” ( Leon, Fulkerson, Perry, and Cudek, 1993). College campus eating disorders are a growing problem throughout the nation as statistics show, “five to ten percent of anorexics die within ten years of onset, 18-20 percent die within twenty years of onset, and only 50 percent report ever being cured” (American, 2012 ).
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