The Troy University Student Counseling Center is hosting a week of events in recognition of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
According to the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, 5-20 percent of college females and 1-7 percent of college males have experienced an eating disorder.
Students are encouraged to collect any magazines and other materials that they feel display “unrealistic standards of beauty,” and put them into designated bins that will be located in the Trojan Center, the library and the Trojan Dining Center all week.
Afterwards the magazines will be recycled, according to the Student Counseling Center assistant coordinator, Jenny Duncan.
The counseling center will also have a booth set up on the Bibb Graves quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25. It will be handing out information and free items to interested students.
“We will be passing out several handouts with information on eating disorders, ways to improve body image, how to talk to a friend/family member if you suspect they have an eating disorder and how the media plays a part in body dissatisfaction,” Duncan said. “We will also be giving away drawstring backpacks, sunglasses, cups and koozies to those who stop by.”
The week ends with a presentation by a guest speaker, registered dietitian Jordan Thompson, on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Patterson Hall 103 at 5:30 p.m.
“She’s going to discuss what is healthy vs. unhealthy when it comes to dieting and exercise, as well as her experience working with individuals with eating disorders,” said Duncan.