Penn State hosts activities to raise awareness about eating disorders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State is recognizing National Eating Disorder Awareness Week with a film screening and a student performance event on the University Park campu. The activities, sponsored by Health Promotion and Wellness and the Gender Equity Center, aim to educate the University community about eating disorders and promote attitudes of self-acceptance and body positivity.  

Eating disorders are classified as serious physical and emotional problems that include extreme attitudes and behaviors toward body image, weight, food and exercise. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 to 25 percent of college-aged students are at risk for developing eating disorders. Early detection, intervention and treatment are extremely important in identifying and combating the issue.

All Penn State students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend the free activities surrounding National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21: “Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image” film screening — 6:30 p.m., Freeman Auditorium. This film redefines society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: The Body Monologues — 7 p.m., Freeman Auditorium. The Body Monologues fosters conversations about body image through theater. Penn State students will take to the stage to voice their musings, challenges and triumphs related to their bodies. Afterward, audience members and performers will share their opinions and discuss current issues related to body image.

For more information on eating disorders, including resources and support available through Penn State Student Affairs, visit Penn State Healthy Eating and Living Support (HEALS). Additional information can be obtained through the National Eating Disorders Association website.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb. 26 to March 5, is observed annually during the last week in February. The campaign aims to reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and bring public attention to the critical needs of those affected. 

Last Updated February 22, 2018