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College Hosts Activites for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Activities focused on raising awareness of eating issues

3/1/2006 2:53:20 PM


LYNCHBURG — The stigma associated with eating disorders has long kept individuals suffering in silence and has prevented the public from getting much needed information. Knowing the importance of bringing these types of issues to the attention of young women, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College recently participated in the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Eating disorders cover a range of issues from restrictive eating and eating and purging to unhealthy over-eating. According to Anne Hershbell, director of the R-MWC Counseling Center and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, women are more likely to be affected by these disorders, which can be fatal if not properly treated. Therefore, the goal of the week was to raise general awareness as well as awareness of the campus’ resources available to help students.

Hershbell said the best way to combat these disorders is to focus on developing a positive self image by “accepting one another, reaffirming each other’s personality strengths” and focusing less on one another’s clothes or looks.

The Health and Counseling Centers, Student Health Advisory Board, and Sodexho, R-MWC’s dining services provider, sponsoring the events.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations