Eating Disorder Screenings Offered at BSU!

by Katie Bogusz on January 31, 2017

As part of Outreach Education’s Love Your Body Week, the Counseling Center & Outreach professional staff are offering free and anonymous Eating Disorder Screenings on Thursday, February 16th from 11am-2pm in the ECC lobby and RCC lower lobby.  The screening program is meant to educate and screen individuals for eating disorders and connect those who may be at-risk with resources for treatment.  The screening is developed by Screenings for Mental Health Inc., a company that provides a variety of mental health screenings.

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Why Should I get Screened?

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 32% of females in college and 25% of males in college struggled with an eating disorder.  We can see by these statistics that eating disorders are affecting a good amount of our college community.  This is why it’s so important to get screened so you can identify eating behaviors that are unhealthy and dangerous.  If individuals who are screened are found to have an eating disorder they are able to access resources for treatment at the end of the screening process.

A study conducted by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders found that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.  This is why it is important to get screened so individuals struggling with eating disorders will be able to access treatment early on.  A screening could be the first sign that someone is struggling and could be an eye opening moment for individuals.  And it gives you an opportunity to seek treatment and access resources.

The facts about eating disorders.:

What does the Screening Entail?

The screening is a quick survey asking you about your eating habits.  Some of the questions include general information about yourself like age and further on in the survey there are questions asked about your eating habits.  In regards to eating habits the survey asks questions about binge eating, purging food after eating, and excessive exercise.  The survey is short and only takes a couple of minutes and then gives you your results.  If it does seem like you have an eating disorder or are at risk for developing one you are able to receive referral information at the end of the screening to help you access treatment if it seems like it’s needed.  This screening is completely anonymous and no information given will be shared with anyone else besides you.

Eating Disorders:

Come Receive an Eating Disorder Screening!

Receive a free and anonymous Eating Disorder Screening as part of our Love Your Body Week.  The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 11am-2pm in the ECC lobby and RCC lower foyer.  To learn about the Eating Disorder Screenings and other screenings run by Screenings for Mental Health Inc. visit their website at, https://mentalhealthscreening.org/If you feel more comfortable taking the screening online please visit,  http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/collegeresponse/screening/7892.   To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at: my.bridgew.edu/OutreachEducation.

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