The Invisible Illness on Campus: Supporting Students with Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses. Contrary to popular belief, they appear in people of all shapes and sizes. While they are more prevalent in females, they can affect anyone of any age, gender, or race, and they inflict a devastatingly high percentage of the LGBTQ community. With the life changes and stress that come with college, college students are prime candidates for eating disorders. Since these are invisible illnesses, it's impossible to tell who has one based on appearance alone, but there are many things we can do to be sensitive of the problem. In this session, we will discuss information about common eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and orthorexia, as well as some of the common warning signs and triggers that come with each. We will also explore how college faculty and staff can support those battling an eating disorder, teach eating disorders in the classroom in a responsible manner, encourage recovery, and spread body positivity on the college campus.  Attendees will leave this session with a better awareness of eating disorders and resources and tools to support others. 

  • Presenter: Susanna Jackson
  • Date: Wed, 5/22/2019
  • From: 3:00 p.m.
  • To: 4:00 p.m.
  • Campus: Macon
  • Location: MAC173
  • Remaining Seats: 24
  • Last Updated: 3 months, 3 weeks ago.

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