RENO – This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) brings eating disorder awareness to campuses and communities around the world during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 26 through March 3. The University of Nevada, Reno Student Health Center and University Counseling Services have partnered with the local Center for Hope of the Sierras for a week of awareness events on campus, part of a 25-year national effort.
“In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia,” said Meghan Eliopulos, marketing and admissions director for the Center for Hope of the Sierras. “This week will focus on the ways we are all vulnerable to influence by the media, including social media, in its infiltration of our mental images of body and beauty, and how to counteract these influences and reduce the likelihood of the development of eating disorders.”
Events scheduled for the week include a screening of “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments,” including a question-and-answer session with director Daryl Roberts, a discussion panel at Wooster High School to discuss the effects of media messaging on body image, a yoga session to improve mindfulness and more.
For more information, visit the UNR Student Health Center page at www.unr.edu/shc/Events.html.