Did you know that an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives? Did you know anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder? The shock of eating disorder research is real. Yet, media fails to draw attention to this disease. Instead, we focus in on our looks and appearance, we often become immune to the “diet culture” we currently live in.
It’s important to note that we all play a part within society. So, why not get educated on the facts. Why not be an example for others? Change starts with one person. So, why not start by loving yourself regardless of the number on the scale.
Next week, you can do just that! On Wednesday February 27th, NIU University Recreation and Wellness is hosting a National Eating Disorder Awareness fair at New Hall. From 11 am-5 pm, you can partake in activities to help grow your knowledge on eating disorders, increase your respect for yourself, and learn how to make a difference. Then, from 5-6 pm, learn from others who have experienced the struggle of an eating disorder and are currently on the path to recovery.
Follow the NIU University Recreation and Wellness Center on Facebook for more details regarding this event.
Also, for more information on eating disorder research please visit National Eating Disorder Organization