A recent statistical report shows enormous increase in children's hospitalization due to eating disorders such as Anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has recommended routinely screening of the children so that they receive proper treatment. The academy stressed on preventing eating disorders as the hospitalization for the disorders have increased by 15% over the last seven years.
Anorexia is the most common eating disorder wherein a person stops eating food with the fear of gaining weight. Eventually that person becomes weak and underweight.
On the other hand Bulimic is an eating disorder that includes excessive consumption of food due to which a person suffers from vomiting and ends up exercising excessively.
A lot of students, who have taken medical assistance, have recovered quite early. Laura Orlich, a mental health clinician for Counseling and Psychological Services said that a large number of students suffer from eating disorders with a desire to lose weight. She said, "People get barraged with that media and press `thin ideal".
Campus Health holds several events each year to spread awareness amongst the students regarding health and eating habits.