TU addresses eating disorders for NEDAwareness Week
Series of on-campus events provide information, support to students and community
TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 19, 2010)—As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Counseling Center at Towson University is hosting a number of on-campus events, including lectures, documentary screenings, trivia and healthy living seminars .
In the week’s inaugural event, collegiate lacrosse player Patrick Bergstrom shared with students the story of his own eating disorder and how it almost took his life. Bergstrom battled anorexia nervosa for four years before seeking help, and now travels across the country speaking with college students and dispelling the myth that eating disorders only affect women. “I Chose to Live: An Athlete’s Recovery” was sponsored by the Eating Disorders Outreach Committee.
NEDAwareness Week is the nation’s largest outreach effort for eating disorders. It was created by the National Eating Disorders Association with the mission to raise awareness of eating disorders and body image issues in an effort to prevent them, reduce the stigma surrounding them and improve access to treatment for those affected. NEDAwareness Week is Feb. 21–27, and this year’s theme is “It’s time to talk about it.”
To raise eating disorder awareness, the Counseling Center is hosting many events on campus through February and March, including lectures on body image and relationships, B’More Aware Trivia sessions and a screening of the documentary Do I Look Fat?
TU is also participating in the Great Jeans Giveaway, a clothing drive designed to encourage body acceptance. Members of the TU community may donate unwanted jeans through Feb. 26 at the Counseling Center, Center for Student Diversity and all NEDAwareness Week events. Contributors will be entered into a prize raffle, and all clothing will be donated to local shelters.
Any student concerned he or she may have an eating disorder can receive a free screening and support at the Counseling Center. Please call 410-704-2512 or visit www.towson.edu/counseling for more information.