Students walk around this campus pretending to be confident but what’s really going on inside their minds? Awareness is brought up by Middle Earth to topics such as alcoholism and depression but something that is briefly covered are eating disorders.
Eating disorders are talked about but it’s such a sensitive topic that nobody ever gets to the root of the disease. “I never feel like I can talk about it because this environment is so harsh” says one SUNY Albany sophomore that has been battling binge-eating disorder since she was 10.
The two most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. However, the third, the one that is most forgotten, is binge-eating disorder which is often not classified as an eating disorder because people who have this are not thin or purge after they eat. “Whenever I tell people I have BED (binge-eating disorder), they say it’s not a real thing and it really hurts” says the same student who wishes to remain anonymous.
NEDA, National Eating Disorder Assocation, covers everything from donations, benefits, support groups for every type of food issue or body image issues that you may have. Support yourself, be healthy, and surround yourself with people who love you.