National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
By: Ryan Tate
Cape Girardeau, MO - National Eating Disorder Awareness Weeks begins Monday. For the last 15 years, staff and students at Southeast Missouri State University have held seminars, meetings and other activities during this week to help people who might have an eating disorder.
"A college campus is a prime area for men and women with eating disorders," Linda Vogelsang said. Vogelsang is a counselor SEMO. According to a study by the National Eating Disorders Association, as many as 36 million people in America have an eating disorder. The study also shows that 20 percent of college-aged women have an eating disorder.
Friends can help those who have an eating disorder, sometimes easier than family can.
"Friends spend more time with each other. They're more relaxed," Senior Anna Glover said. "They aren't as afraid of being abandoned by their friends as maybe their family."
"Friends or classmates sometimes are the first to know and more apt to speak to their peers," Vogelsang said.
That is why some dietary students and counselors train to help other students with an eating disorder. Vogelsang estimates that most the number of people with an eating disorder is much higher than estimates.