With all of this talk about eating well and working out it’s hard not to let it go to your head. And once you factor in all of the popular television shows today, with a cast full of young, hot stars, it’s hard to not get a little freaked out.
Is the idea of controlling what you eat getting too intense for you? Or is the pressure of looking and being perfect becoming too overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be.
Although eating disorders and body dimorphism still fly below the social radar most of the time, there are places, right here in the SUNY community where you can find help- or just advice.
Some degree of self-consciousness is normal in everybody, especially in girls, and especially at this age. But when eating becomes a chore- or even worse, a fear, it goes from being normal to something that can seriously affect your health and well-being.
Many times people that suffer from eating disorders; anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive overeating find that keeping it a secret is their only option and they feel as though they have nobody to talk to.
Break the silence. Middle Earth Peer Assistance is a great program on campus that is a forum for students to help other students. One of the many services they provide is an anonymous hotline ( 518-442-5777), open from 12pm-12am Monday-Thursday and 24/7 Friday-Sunday. You can call this number to talk to peers get get advice, or just have somebody to listen to you.
Remember, Middle Earth is not specifically for eating disorders, so you can use that number if you find yourself with any other problem also.
You know that great student health center I mentioned to you earlier? Well the counseling center there is another great resource for help. There you can go talk to somebody and they can steer you in the right direction for help and keep the entire conversation between the two of you.
There is a Body Image and Eating Awareness week in the spring, but until then if you want to learn more about educational programs on the issue, you can email Carol Stenger, M.Ed.,M.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org.