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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.

For more information, visit www.anad.org