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Eating disorder survivors seek to dispel stigma of illness


It were only available in eighth grade. Dietetics and psychology sophomore Katie Gandee didn't have a great body image, but she finally remarked that in 

order to be popular, they must possess the perfect body.
Gandee helped found Eating disorders Awareness at the end of 2 Day Diet Japan Lingzhi August to assist other students overcome seating disorder for you. One of the ways she does this 
is through sharing her have a problem with anorexia.
"It finally clicked in my head, 'Hey, the most popular kids, the kids the folks wish to be around, are these really pretty, skinny girls,'" Gandee said.
Gandee said she stopped eating breakfast and began calorie counting.
"I started this competition with everyone around me to get rid of the most weight, eat the least calories," she said. "My life quickly stopped being about my 
grades and my relationship with my friends and family and much more about 'Am I the thinnest part of the room?'"
Summer time after eighth grade, Gandee said she was hospitalized inside a program where she worked with therapists and nutritionists for 8 hours a day and 
went the place to find sleep.
Gandee said she didn't give herself lots of time to recover but still constantly considered her body.
"I kept thinking about my weight," she said. "I kept trying to make it perfect."
Gandee said the problem of eating disorders is particularly relevant on college campuses, where the stress of fitting in is high.
"There's just so much pressure in society and in college specifically and much more at our college since it is ASU," she said. "We're always wearing tank 
tops and short shorts, and there is so many people here. There's that pressure to face out in a lot of 80,000 students."
Ninety-five percent of those with seating disorder for you are between the ages 12 and 25.8, statistically from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa 
and Associated Disorders.
Market research of 185 university students found that 58 percent of women felt pressure to become a certain weight, and 44 percent of those dieting were 
built with a weight considered normal.
The audience already has got the backing of different ASU professionals, including a dietitian, nutritionist and psychology professor, Gandee said.
When political science junior Annie Souza first came to ASU as a freshman, she noticed a lot of thin, ideal-looking girls. She started running every single 
day and have become obsessed with eating healthy.
"I was exercising and running every day, and it appeared like it had been really healthy, however it became this really overwhelming obsession where 
basically didn't have an hour or two of running every day, I'd feel so awful about myself, and when Used to do eat a cookie I would just feel awful," she 
Souza finally reached to a therapist after a friend suggested to her twice that she might have an eating disorder.
"I didn't wish to diagnose myself, but I was like, 'I come with an eating disorder,'" she said.
Souza helped co-found the club with Gandee and is helping to plan a panel discussion in November with ASU professionals and members from the executive board, 
Souza said.

"People have an interest in seating disorder for you and people's experiences and thus we'll be able to share ours and have a raw conversation about it," she 
The audience also plans to have these professionals come and speak at general meetings, Souza said.
"We simply have lot of different elements that I believe will be able to help different people where they're at," she said.
Souza said the audience aims to eliminate negativity concerning seating disorder for you.
"There's an enormous stigma surrounding mental health and also misinterpretation of seating disorder for you, therefore we want to communicate might help 
people know very well what they really are about and just how real they're, especially in the residential communities," she said.
The business plans to educate about disorders that aren't considered anorexia or bulimia, referred to as other specified feeding or seating disorder for you, 
the one Souza overcame.
Souza said she feels this kind of disorder isn't easily recognizable because individuals are becoming more health-conscious and calorie-obsessed, as evident 
by the new Health app in iOS 8. However, this behavior is not always healthy.
"I'm very cautious about the way we talk about nutrition and exactly how we discuss counting calories," she said. "I want to hear your body, and if you're 
really worried about it, talk to a dietitian; they know what they're referring to 2 Day Diet Lingzhi and they're prepared to help."
Marketing sophomore Ashley Hyland helped found the audience with Souza and Gandee and today can serve as its vice president.
"I think it is important, because eating disorders are so prevalent on college campuses, but people kind of neglect them," she said.
It is important to call focus on the problem so people scared of the stigma can speak out and get treatment, Hyland said.
"We think by spreading awareness about the symptoms, it will not only help people who are already diagnosed or know about eating disorders find a spot to 
find allies and support," she said.


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