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UK Students, Officials Raise Awareness
of Eating Disorders

By Amanda White

 

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • "What’s Eating Katie?,” a presentation by the UK Theatre Department, will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, through Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Briggs Theatre, located in the UK Fine Arts building.
  • “In the Empire of Images,” a presentation by Susan Bordo, Ph.D., professor of English and women’s studies and the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the William T. Young Library auditorium.

 

 

Feb. 10, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Five to 10 million women and girls and one million men and boys across the United States suffer from an eating disorder. About one in every five people who suffer from a disorder will die because of complications.

During the week of Feb. 23 through March 1, the University of Kentucky campus and community organization UK CARES (Counseling, Awareness, Resources, and Educational Services), University Health Service, and University Counseling and Testing Center will host events in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • “What’s Eating Katie?,” a presentation by the UK Theatre Department, will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, through Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Briggs Theatre, located in the UK Fine Arts building.
  • “In the Empire of Images,” a presentation by Susan Bordo, Ph.D., professor of English and women’s studies and the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the William T. Young Library auditorium. Bordo is the best-selling author of “Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body” and “The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and Private.”

"It is fairly likely that you or someone you know could be dealing with body dissatisfaction, eating concerns, or a clinical eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia,
or compulsive overeating," said Jill Kindy, registered dietitian at the University Health Service.

Signs of eating disorders include: preoccupation with food and weight, conversations about "feeling fat" when weight is normal or below normal, low self-esteem, knowledge about the number of calories and fat content in foods, and obsessive exercising.

When someone suspects a friend of having an eating disorder, he or she should talk to the friend privately and express concerns about the friend's emotional and physical health.

"When approaching a friend, sister, brother, son or daughter, try not to focus on eating and weight, but on your concern for that person’s health and safety," Kindy said. "Friends and family also need to remember that an eating disorder is not only a problem, but also can be an attempt to solve a problem."


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