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Eating disorders are most common among students 18-21 years of age and are becoming increasingly prevalent on college campuses. When no longer under the eye of family and close friends, a college student can develop an eating disorder without anyone noticing. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 35% of all college student dieters progress to pathological dieting, and 20-25% of these students subsequently develop a full-blown eating disorder. While the University of Dayton offers health brochures and professional help through the Counseling Center, Health Center, and Campus Ministry, we believe their resources could be improved to better reach the intended population. The University of Dayton does not offer easily accessible information that specifically targets their students, nor extends their resources beyond having a student consult a professional such as a dietician, doctor, counselor, or a campus minister. While these opportunities can be effective, they should be supplemented with other resources; especially considering that many students consult help off campus to cope with eating disorders. More information should particularly be supplied on how roommates, resident advisors, friends, and other peers on campus can recognize the most common eating disorders including, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating/compulsive overeating. Therefore, the purpose of our research project is to examine the University of Dayton’s existing programs, and how other colleges have approached eating disorders on their campuses. As a result, we will use this information to develop a document that effectively addresses possible recommendations on the University of Dayton’s campus.
Ann E Biswas
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Recommendations for Improving Eating Disorder Services at the University of Dayton" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1347.