The Oklahoma Christian University Counseling Center in collaboration with Student Life, Student Success, and Spiritual Life is hosting an Eating Disorders Awareness Week March 20-24. We have several events planned on campus throughout the week and we encourage you to attend. These events will be held to promote awareness and education on the very important issue of eating disorders. Below you will find a schedule of events along with information and resources about different eating disorders. If you or anyone you know might be struggling with this issue we want to encourage you to participate in this important week on the OC campus. The University Counseling Center is available to all students so please check out the rest of our website or give us a call at 405-425-5250 if we can be of service to you.
The scale smash/candlelight vigil will be the evening of March 23rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behaviors, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, as well as feelings of extreme concern about the body shape or weight. Eating disorders do not discriminate between gender, class, race, or age--no one is immune. Misconceptions about eating disorders being a "female" disease often perpetuate strong feelings of shame in males about having an eating disorder. Eating disorders include:
- Anorexia: characterized as self-induced starvation resulting in low body weight. This individual may fear weight gain and/or engage in persistent behaviors to avoid weight gain, even though they are actually underweight.
- Bulimia: characterized as bingeing (excessive or compulsive consumption of food) and purging (getting rid of food). Symptoms may include repeated episodes of bingeing and purging, eating beyond the point of fullness, feeling out of control during a binge, frequent dieting and extreme concern with body weight/shape.
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED): characterized as recurring and persistent episodes of binge eating instances that include three or more of the following: eating extremely fast, eating beyond feeling full, eating large amounts of food when not hungry, eating alone to hide how much one is eating and feeling guilt/shame.
Did you know:
- Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S.
- People struggling with bulimia are usually of average body weight.
- Male eating disorders are on the rise, and the numbers are increasing rapidly.
- 4 our of 10 Americans have either suffered, or have known someone who has suffered, from an eating disorder.
**Information taken from U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide Volume 4, September 15, 2015