Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Eating Disorder Awareness week is February 21st – 27th. We will be using a variety of activities to bring awareness to issues related to our relationship to food and to our physical bodies.
Monday, February 22: The Residence Halls will be celebrating “Mirrorless Monday”. Mirrors in the residence halls will be covered to remind students that it’s one’s inner beauty that counts. Markers will be connected to the mirrors so that positive comments can be written about body image and perceived beauty.
Tuesday, February 23: This year, we have chosen to highlight two NDSU graduate students who will be giving a presentation on the research they are doing in the area of eating disorders. Valerie Douglas, a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program and Maegan Jones, a graduate student in Human Development and Education, will present, “Myths and Misconceptions About Weight and Eating” on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 6:30 in the Prairie room, Memorial Union. This talk discusses common myths about who can develop disordered eating and why. It also will discuss what you can do now and in the future to try to combat some common misconceptions and foster a healthier world.
Instructors, where appropriate, are urged to consider offering extra credit to students in their classes who attend this presentation.
Thursday, February 25: Mindfully Eating Chocolate Exercise. The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics will be inviting students to participate in a Mindful Eating Exercise with chocolate at the Wellness Center from 3pm to 6pm.
Friday, February 26: Free & Anonymous Screenings for Eating Disorders at the NDSU Counseling Center, 212 Ceres, from 8am to 5pm.
Inspiration Day of Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Let yourself be inspired to have a better body image this year! The following links are to articles/videos that can inspire you to think about your relationship to your body in a new way.
The first is an article about ways that people living together can create a more positive environment in regards to food and body image:
Dove soap has created some wonderful ads regarding people’s body image. The following has to do with our tendency to be hypercritical of our bodies.
The next one is also done by the Dove campaign, but it is directed towards males.
Caitlin Crosby’s song, “Imperfect is the New Perfect” can be found via this link:
Listen to what Cameron Russell, model, has to say in this TED talk:
SoulPancake partnered with Darling Magazine to have a series of conversations about some of the issues that women face on a daily basis. Our first one is a glimpse into beauty and body image. When do you feel the most beautiful? Watch the next video for some thoughts on beauty and body image.
The last video focuses on men’s body image: Six feet tall. Broad shoulders. A six pack. Hair in all the right places. Media is bombarding men with images of this ‘perfect man’, for whom women line up. In this episode, we take the traditionally female topic of body image, and ask men to talk about their struggles with self-image.
Eating Disorder Information
During college, maintaining a healthy weight and a positive body image can be challenging, especially when academic pressures blend with social expectations. Stress can often translate into skipping meals, compulsive exercising or eating out of control.
If you are concerned about your eating habits, weight or body image - or those of a friend - you can access the National Eating Disorder Awareness free online screening by clicking the link in at the top right of this page.
Eating Disorders On College Campuses Video--Part One
Eating Disorders on College Campuses--Part Two
Eating Disorder Resources
Please see below for further information on eating disorders:
The above resources and external links, as well as others found throughout our site, may provide useful information about topics related to counseling and mental health.. Their listing here, however, does not indicate endorsement by the Counseling Center or NDSU. Additionally, although information and self-help resources can be a helpful adjunct to work you are doing in counseling or in a support group, we do not necessarily recommend self-help as a sole course of treatment. If you are interested in speaking with a counselor, please refer to the other pages in this site for more information about our services.