College campuses are known as breeding grounds for all types of health issues among students. Two extremely common issues that are often overlooked are eating disorders and negative body image.
While commonly affecting young women, eating disorders are widespread and can impact people of all ages and sexes. The National Eating Disorder Association estimates that 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, and these statistics are growing.
College students are particularly vulnerable when it comes to being dissatisfied with their body. Not only are young men and women forced to face a physical transition from living at home to experiencing the dorm-room culture, they are also expected to balance their personal and social needs with academic rigor, all without help from mom and dad. While some students have an easy time adjusting to their new lifestyle, others may begin to feel overwhelmed and start relying on individual coping mechanisms, such as controlling their food consumption, to account for the change.
Love The Skin You’re In is a night designed to bring Auburn women together to spread awareness about eating disorders.
The event will feature two speakers. The first will be a testimony from an Auburn grad that battled an eating disorder while in college. The second speaker will be Jessica-Lauren Newby. Newby is the registered dietitian on Auburn’s campus.
“After the event, I hope Auburn women can see themselves in their true light and be happy with who they are,” said Katie Sanders, who plans to attend the event.
Love The Skin You’re In will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 180 of Oak Hall. If anyone is interested in helping with this event, email Cody Nall at email@example.com or Emily Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.