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Eating Disorders


Due to cultural ideals of feminine beauty, young women feel a strong desire to be thinner than their bodies naturally tend to be. As a result, they change their eating patterns and they may develop eating disorders. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Both eating disorders are more common among young adults than at any other age.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious psychological and physiological disorder. Anorexia Nervosa has the following characteristics:

What is Bulimia?

Bulimia is binge-eating followed by self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives. Bulimia has the following characteristics:

The Risks of Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia

Anorexia Nervosa
  • Loss of approximately 30% or more of body weight leading to emaciation.
  • Irregular or complete loss of menstrual period.
  • Dry skin.
  • Hair loss.
  • Growth of fine body hair.
  • Withdrawal and isolation.
  • Death.
  • Abdominal pain due to overeating.
  • Heart and kidney problems.
  • Excessive constipation.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Swollen salivary glands.
  • A tear in the esophagus.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Feelings of depression, guilt, self-disgust and loss of control.
  • Loneliness and isolation.
  • Frequent weight fluctuation.

Ways to Help

Help! Where to find it.

Counseling Services
120 Richmond Quad, Ellicott Complex

University Health Service
214 Michael Hall, South Campus

Eating Disorders Association of Western New York
1313 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14209

114 Student Union

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