Lindenwood University sponsors a program in the spring to help students focus on compassion, fitness and mental well-being.
Advisers say this is the kind of program needed on college campuses.
“As we work on the college campus, we see a lot of students struggling with physical appearance and eating disorders,” said Dawn Meyer, a consultant at the Center for Counseling and Wealth. “The Student Counseling and Resource Center is here to help our students find the support they need and deserve through the use of counseling services, groups and resources. Please contact us if you have any concerns or concerns.
The Advice and Wealth Center hosts a group called “Love Your Tree” which serves as a metaphor for the use of symbols and illustrations in nature. This group focuses on creativity, community engagement and self-reflection, self-compassion, acceptance and positive mental well-being.
According to the college, it is a place where students often compare themselves to other students and develop this sense of competition with each other. The hope of anxiety.
“When I was in college, I thought I had to be physically fit, and if I wasn’t thin, I wouldn’t be pretty,” says veteran Lynsey Mosher. “I think college plays a big role in the human image. I hate to talk, but it has never been a concern for me in the workplace or outside of school. ”
Students who are able to cope with stress at home may feel that they have been sent to college because of their long stay in school. As a result, some students develop an eating disorder by focusing on their body image instead of their diet. Children’s Psychiatric Institute.
Basis National Eating Disorders Association, A website designed to help people with eating disorders, nearly 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders throughout their lives, and many begin college.
Depending on the person, food may be a way to relieve or increase stress.
Junior Isaac Funtes admits that he sometimes eats too much under stress.
“I’m going to get into a riot and eat the stress that will get me into a round,” said junior Isaac Funetes.
About 100 students received a public comment on Instagram this week by Lindenlink reporter. Seventy percent of respondents struggled with body image and eating disorders, and 76% began to feel this way when they started college. Many students are constantly comparing themselves to other students and are less happy with their appearance.
“I always compare myself to other people,” says second-year cyclist Noni Bertagnoli. “I started high school and it continued all year long. Sometimes I have to be careful about my feelings. ”
Basis National Eating Disorders Association, The media has a big impact on some people’s relationships with their bodies. Television, magazines, social media… The media try to influence their viewers by the way they view themselves in the mirror and the beauty standards that affect their self-confidence.
“They are never satisfied with how they look in the mirror,” said Gabriel Wei, a senior member of the rugby team. “People, especially on social media, make assumptions based on what a person looks like.
Struggling with body image and diet can sometimes lead to eating disorders, the most common of which are anorexia and bulimia. But this does not mean that other eating disorders are less dangerous.
Jacqueline Garo, a high school rugby student in Lindenwood, says: “I came to college with an eating disorder, I was underweight and I ate less than one meal a day. “I lost 25 pounds last year. But I am in the best shape of my life and gaining that weight has allowed me to play more places in rugby and be healthy again.
“I eat three to five times a day now, and that was a terrorist attack on me a year ago,” she said.
Being an athlete in college can often be a major factor in a student’s future. And some find it difficult and stressful to let their sport play such an important role in their school life.
Funetes learned how the sport helped shape his life.
“I think it’s twice as hard to be an athlete,” Funtes said. I felt good because I was at least exercising, but he knew that I was not the same as most of my teammates, especially the people around me.
But some student athletes, such as Garo, find it important to be in an environment where nutrition and mental health are as important as their physical health.
Starting my career as a D1 athlete has really helped me a lot in all aspects of my health, but especially eating. My coaches and teammates remind us of the importance of nutrition every day with phrases like ‘Stay hydrated today!’ Or ‘Eat your food for fuel!’ ‘Said Garo. “I’m not saying I’m completely cured, I don’t think eating disorders are normal. But I have made great strides in my journey and I will share many of my successes with an environment that is constantly surrounded by health due to being an athlete like me.
Basis Lindenwood University website, For those who know about eating disorders or who are struggling with one, Evans Commonment’s third-floor health center provides counseling services that can help students struggling with mental and physical health.
For those who do not want the school to participate, from National Dietary Abuse Association It may be an option for future treatment, some resources, or just support. They are available through calls, texts or online chat.