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Drury marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week with campus events

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 23, 2016 — Drury University is recognizing National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with a number of events through Friday.

During the week, Drury counselors and students will educate their peers on campus and create awareness about the changing face of disordered eating. The goal is to help students, staff and faculty learn more about disordered eating, have the opportunity to speak with counselors, and learn how they can access online screenings and local resources.

Eating disorders don’t discriminate and affect all walks of life. An estimated 10 percent of people with an eating disorder are male. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and muscle dysmorphia are but a few of the eating disorders often seen, especially among young adults.

“People tend to assume that it will be apparent that someone has an eating disorder when, in fact, many times it will not be,” said Jena Steele, a counselor at Drury and an organizer of the week’s events. “We hope that by raising awareness, we can help de-stigmatize disordered eating and allow people who are struggling to receive the help they need.”

Events include:

Tuesday, Feb. 23:

  • “What I Love About Me” – Students will “show themselves some love” by writing on a life-sized cut out in front of the Commons cafeteria at Findlay Student Center (FSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Healthapalooza in the Halls – Yogurt bar, Wii Fit, and tabletop and board games in residence halls.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

  • Guest Speakers – A Survivors’ Stories of Disordered Eating and Recovery; 7 p.m. in the FSC. Ballroom

Thursday, Feb. 25

  • “Mindful Eating” brown bag lunch discussion at noon in FSC 204.

Friday, Feb. 26

  • Raffle entry for students who drop by the Counseling Center and discuss one thing they learned about disordered eating throughout the week.

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Media Contact: Jena Steele, Mental Health Counselor: (417) 873-7418 or jsteele003@drury.edu.

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