Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, and Body Image

It is estimated that 10 million females and 1 million males are suffering from anorexia or bulimia in the United States (NOW Foundation). By age 13, 53% of American girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and by age 17 that number grows to 78%.

The Women's Center recognizes the importance of advocating on behalf of those struggling with eating disorders and educating the general public. We are not treatment counselors; however, there are resources available.

An important first step in overcoming an eating disorder is to acknowledge to yourself that you have a problem and are in need of outside help. Seek professional treatment as quickly as possible. Attempts at self-help are rarely successful, and the longer the disorder remains unchecked, the harder it may be to overcome. If you have an eating disorder, you should seek psychological help, medical care from a physician, and nutrition counseling from a dietician.

There are a variety of resources available for individuals dealing with an eating disorder or struggling with body image issues. Please visit the following links to learn about options and resources in our area:

Definitions

Options and Resources

Body Image

Eating Disorders and Men

Page last modified July 18, 2011