ANOREXIA NERVOSA AND
ASSOCIATED DISORDERS (ANAD)
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders is an organization dedicated to alleviating the problems of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. Its methods include education, counseling, self-help groups, and funding for research. Since 1985, Delta Phi Epsilon has supported ANAD to help educate individuals on these serious diseases. Delta Phi Epsilon is the only one of 26 National Panhellenic Council Sororities to sponsor an organization whose sole purpose is to alleviate eating disorders.
To raise awareness and funds for the cause, Zeta Beta hosts ANAD week every spring and a larger event in the fall.
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is an unhealthy relationship with
food and weight that interferes with many areas of
a person’s life. One’s thoughts become preoccupied
with food, weight, or exercise. A person who
struggles with an eating disorder can have unrealistic
self-critical thoughts about body image, and his or
her eating habits may begin to disrupt normal body
functions and affect daily activities. Eating disorders
are not just about food and weight. People begin to
use food as a coping mechanism to deal with
uncomfortable or painful emotions or to help them
feel more in control when feelings or situations seem
over-whelming. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) recognizes Anorexia
Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and
OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder).
Eating Disorder Facts
– It’s estimated that eating disorders affect over 30 million people in the U.S.
– Victims of eating disorders are predominantly females, with 10-15% being male.
– It is estimated that 20-25% of women on college campuses suffer from an eating disorder.
– 6% of all cases of anorexia nervosa result in death, usually from malnutrition or dehydration
– Eating disorders can have a significant and sustained impact on one’s health and are statistically the
deadliest of all mental illnesses.