Looking in the Mirror

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What is an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are real, serious, complex illnesses that cause severe harm, and can be deadly. Fortunately, they are treatable. Like schizophrenia or diabetes, eating disorders are not a “choice,” “fad,” or “phase.” A person can have more than one eating disorder at the same time. These disorders are also more prevalent than many people realize.

Recovery is possible. There is help. There is hope.

Eating disorders affect a person physically, behaviorally, emotionally, and psychologically including:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
  • Excessive or compulsive exercise patterns
  • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite the concerns of others
  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting meals, feeling out of control with food
  • Medical complications, such as menstrual irregularity, dizziness, fainting, bruising, dry skin, leg cramps, hair loss, brittle hair, osteoporosis, diarrhea, constipation, dental problems, morbid obesity, diabetes, chest pain, heart disease, heartburn, shortness of breath, organ failure, and other symptoms

The American Psychiatric Association recognizes three kinds of eating disorders:

*Text taken from: What are eating disorder. Emily Program. Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://www.emilyprogram.com/assets/uploads/What_are_Eating_Disorders.pdf

Everyone Has a Unique Relationship With Their Body

Here is one woman's story
What I Be Project - Amanda "I am not my body image" (Anorexia)

Recognizing When You Need Help

Eating disorders can affect anyone...men, women, old, young. Recognizing that you might have a problem is the first step. Here are a few simple questions to ask yourself.

  1. Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  2. Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
  3. Have you recently lost more than 14 pounds in a 3 month period?
  4. Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  5. Would you say that food dominates your life?

In this informal survey, 2 or more "yes" answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. Questions take from the Scoff Questionnaire.

And the Winner is...

We had so many great submission for the photo contest. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. The winner of the FREE massage gift card is...
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Emmy Joy

"I love my body for many reasons. First and foremost, for what it offers me. The ability to sense and be apart of the world around me. When it comes to the details, I love my pale skin, freckles, long legs, the dimple on my cheek, and the scars I've acquired in my lifetime."


Want More Information

Carrie Bierck | cbierck@cornish.edu

Community Life and Engagement Coordinator

Lori Koshork | lkoshork@cornish.edu

Counseling Center Director