USciences Raises Awareness About Eating Disorders

Written by Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis
Published on February 18, 2016

In observance of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 21-28), the Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) staff at University of the Sciences will be hosting The Renfrew Center’s annual exhibition of artwork by women in recovery from eating disorders on Wednesday, Feb. 24. This artwork will be displayed in the ARC Lobby, from 2-4 p.m.

"This year we are pleased to welcome The Renfrew Center art therapist, who will discuss the use of art in the treatment of eating disorders, as well as the specific pieces of art on display in the ARC," said Dr. Gauri Saxena, staff psychologist at USciences.

A few quick facts from the National Eating Disorders Association:

  • More than 80% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
  • Over 50% of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
  • In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life.

Post, tweet, share, and tag #USciencesNEDAW to share how our community is raising awareness.

Visit www.nedawareness.org for more info on how to get involved!


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