Group urges nation to “get real” about disorders

The 18th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the nation’s largest eating disorder outreach effort, is set for Feb. 27 through March 5 on the Washington State University campus.

The “Get Real” campaign is part of NEDA’s effort to provide the public with a look at the dangerous consequences of eating disorders. The campaign aims to increase public understanding that eating disorders are real illnesses happening to real people, and they demand serious attention.

During National Eating Disorder Awareness Week more than 500 volunteers across the nation will partner with NEDA to help individuals in their community “get real” expectations, “get real” information and “get real” help.

A number of on-campus activities are scheduled for the week.

Guest speaker Eva Van Dok will talk about her battle with anorexia and bulimia as well as her road to recovery. Her Feb. 24 presentation is set for 7 p.m. in the Compton Union Building auditorium.

Jessica Arnold, a teaching assistant in the food science and human nutrition department, will discuss the latest fad diets as well as healthy diets, how to use them correctly and which ones to avoid. Her Feb. 28 presentation is set for noon to 1 p.m. in the CUB, Room 220.

The art exhibit “Get Real: Food, Media and Our Bodies” will be on display at the WSU Compton Union Gallery through Feb. 25. The exhibit is focused on making peace with your body as well as learning more about self, others and media portrayal of body image in today’s society.

A luminary remembrance is set for 6 p.m. March 3 on Glenn Terrell Mall. Luminaries will be available at the information table in the CUB for anyone who wishes to participate. The public is encouraged to participate and support those battling eating disorders and those who have lost their lives as a result of an eating disorder.

An information table will be located in the CUB from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 through March 4. Brochures, pamphlets and other information will be provided to those seeking help for an eating disorder or those wanting to help a friend.

NEDA is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected, along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.

Health and Wellness Services will sponsor Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Visit the Web site at for more information about the week. For on-campus information or assistance, visit health and wellness services, located in the old hospital building on campus, or at counseling services in the Lighty Student Services Building, Room 280.

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