Starting this Monday, February 21st, 2016, Molloy College’s Counseling Center will be having booths set up throughout campus in order to provide the Molloy community with more information about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The booths will be set up in front of the Counseling Center located in Kellenberg 207, and also in the lobbies of Fitzgerald and Maria Regina Halls.
Carrie Sollin, a counselor at Molloy College, is the main person in charge of providing information about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on Molloy’s campus. Carrie believes that “early detection is key with mental health issues. The earlier we recognize and seek treatment the easier it will be to manage our issues and not have them interfere with our personal life and our academics.” In order to inform students and faculty members about eating disorder awareness, she will be sending out emails throughout the week with information including: outlets on where to seek help, ways to stay healthy and also ways to help others that may be struggling with eating issues.
Carrie is a very strong supporter of Eating Disorder Awareness Week and is working hard to stress how important it is “as a Molloy student to be aware of any concerns or drastic changes in our eating habits and to ask for help if you feel it is out of your control.”
Eating disorders are serious health issues that affect a large portion of the United States population. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS.” There are clear signs and symptoms for eating disorders that can determine whether or not a person should seek medical help. Even though all eating disorders are not the same, the NEDA states that they all “include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.”
There are many ways to prevent and create awareness of eating disorders. Molloy is just one example of an institution taking direct action to make the community aware of these disorders. If you or someone you know shows the symptoms listed above, or are just looking for more information about eating disorders, visit the National Eating Disorder Association’s website or their Facebook page.