By Maggie Kane
Eating disorders are not restricted to those that involve weight loss, Ailstock said. Compulsive and impulsive overeating fall into the eating disorder category as well.
Eating disorders appear in many forms. “It doesn’t have to mean that you’re 90 pounds and you purge every day,” Ailstock said. “‘A lot of it is your thought process.” They are often neurologically related, and the physical signs only show up when the illness has reached a point of severity, she said.
In an attempt to reach out to those dealing with eating disorders, the College plans to hold a forum on the issue directed at friends of victims. “Often times the person with an eating disorder might not be ready to deal with it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t scare the folks around them,” Rose said.
A student, who wished to remain anonymous, said that she feels frustrated as she watches her friend go through an eating disorder. “I think there’s something that friends can do if they want to be open and talk about it, but it’s a really touchy subject so it’s hard to maneuver around,” she said.
From an outside view, she said, college students seem susceptible to such disorders. “It’s a control issue, you know, it’s […] college and everything seems out of control,” she said. “[It is] a way to grasp that, I guess, to control the one thing where you feel like you do have power.”
The event date has not yet been chosen, but it will occur before the end of the quarter.