A Silent Epidemic: Eating Disorders among College Women
For Jennifer Keagan, high school was a thrill. She was one of the most popular girls in school. She was valedictorian, homecoming queen, student body president, an honor roll student, and the list goes on. She always strived for perfection. Life was easy for Jennifer. She always got what she wanted. Unfortunately, this all came to a halt when it was time for her to face an all new reality: college. Jennifer was no longer around her friends and family. She was on her own now, and realized that college wasn’t as easy as high school like she thought it would be. It was all too overwhelming for her. She became lonely and couldn’t adjust to the college lifestyle. Eventually food became
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Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating, also called compulsive overeating, are three major categories of eating disorders that often infest college campuses around the world. Usually anorexics are skinny but see themselves as being fat. Therefore they starve themselves until they are practically skin and bones. The anorexic will still feel that she is fat no matter how skinny she gets. Undoubtedly, “she denies herself food, she denies she has a problem, she denies she’s emaciated and, above all, she denies help” (Collins 1). Like anorexics, bulimics are afraid of getting fat. One difference between the two is that bulimics consume a lot of food and then throw it up, and anorexics hardly eat at all. Binge eaters, like bulimics, eat extremely large amounts of food, but unlike bulimics they don’t throw it back up. Binge eaters continuously eat and become overweight (obese). One student, according to Theresa Wong of the Daily Utah Chronicle, could recall eating just fat-free candy and a lot of Apple-O’s during her battle with an eating disorder (1). This makes you wonder; where was Anne’s RA during her struggle with an eating disorder? Was her RA doing her job?
It’s hard to believe that a female can look at herself in the mirror and see a 200 pound figure, when in actuality that person is only 75