Up to 24 million people currently suffer from eating disorders and only one out of ten of those receive treatment. Eating disorders are one of the deadliest types of health issues, according to Linda Porzelius, personal counselor at Oregon State University-Cascades.
“It is much easier to prevent eating disorders than to treat them,” Porzelius said.
The age at which eating disorders are beginning to form is getting lower every year, according to Porzelius.
“It starts so young now, there are six-year-old girls saying they don’t like their bodies,” Porzelius said. “The greatest risk group is high school and college students. A majority of students develop an eating disorder while they are in college.”
This can often times be a large factor in student success, according to Porzelius.
“Often times people are affected to the extreme where they aren’t even doing things with their life because they are so preoccupied with a notion of beauty and body image,” Porzelius said.
February 23-March 1 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and to raise awareness, Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades will be hosting a week of events centered around eating disorders.