Archive for February, 2013

Eating Disorder Awareness

In recognition of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, please read the following to learn some very important things you may not have known before:

If you or a friend is struggling with a negative body image, contact University Counseling Services at 368.5872

Five Common Eating Disorder Myths Busted
Myth 1: Eating disorders don’t happen at your college, especially among your guy friends.
Reality: Among female students, 48.5% report at least one symptom of disordered eating (e.g., strict dieting, binging or purging) in the past year.  Among male undergraduates, 25% report binge eating and 24% report fasting in the past month.

Myth 2: Watching your diet is the key to preventing the “freshman 15” weight gain.
Reality: The truth is that females only gain an average of three pounds the first year.  Many don’t gain any weight at all.  The average of four pounds that men gain is more likely due to increased muscle mass from exercise growth.

Myth 3: Having an eating disorder won’t impact your academic performance.
Reality: Starvation decreases brain volume along with grey and white matter responsible for multiple cognitive functions.  And the rigid thinking style typical of anorexia might work for memorizing facts in Biology 101 (for a while) but not for the critical thinking required for English or History.

Myth 4: Students with eating disorders are “perfect” and rarely risk breaking the rules.
Reality: Dieting and binge eating severity in college women is closely correlated with alcohol use and its negative consequences, including alcohol blackouts, unintended sexual activity, and problems at work or school.

Myth 5: For most of your peers, disordered eating behaviors are just a phase that will pass after graduation.
Reality: Eating disorders can be chronic if left untreated.  One study found that one quarter of undergraduates who had eating disorders in college were still struggling 20 years later.


American Meat

Bon Appétit has many great initiatives in place to help with sustainable practices while providing the best food possible.  Some of these include reducing the use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in animals, using cage-free shell eggs, along with many others. Because of their commitment to improving animal welfare, Bon Appétit Management Company is sponsoring screenings of American Meat in ten different states in order to evaluate the current state of US agriculture. One current struggle that many small farmers are facing is that the only way they can compete with the prices of large-scale farmers, is by using antibiotics for increased growth promotion. Not only does the film evaluate the current state, but it also offers motivation and ways to change and head back into the right direction for farming and sustainable agriculture. If you want to check out the screening that is offered here at CWRU, Bon Appétit is holding an event on March 5.  There will be a local food reception at 5:30pm, followed by the movie screening at 6:30om with a panel discussion at 8pm including Mary Holmes, Chef Doug Katz, and other prominent “foodies”.  The event will be held in Strosacker Auditorium. For more information about the documentary check out the following link and watch for more information as the screening gets closer!