SARAH KICK | NEW CORRESPONDENT
As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Prevention & Wellness Education and Counseling & Psychological Services, with the help of St Norbert College’s own student Kylie Thompson ’19, put on a presentation to raise awareness about eating disorders.
Thompson won Miss Beloit in 2015 with her platform focused on eating disorders. Thompson holds this issue near and dear to her heart as she dealt with an eating disorder for most of her life.
“I have had an eating disorder for basically my entire life, it started when I was 5 or 6,” said Thompson. She worked through two different eating disorders and could not be more grateful to have had the support she did and still does.
Thompson works close with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to spread awareness about eating disorders and how to overcome them. With eating disorders being the number one mental health issue, NEDA offers an online eating disorder screening. It is a three-minute screening test that can diagnose an eating disorder and point a person in the right direction in order to acquire the help they need.
NEDA offers many services to those struggling with an eating disorder including affordable care and emotional support. It also provides phone numbers, emails, and counselors to those who need help and support.
St. Norbert College also wants to stress their services for anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder or thinks someone close to them may be. Signs of an eating disorder include: a person excusing themself shortly after a meal, being very particular about what is on their plate, chewing their food excessively, and focusing on things we may not pay attention to.
“Get off Instagram, get off all that stuff that gets in your head, because once it gets in there you can’t get rid of it,” said Thompson as her biggest advice to those who are struggling with an eating disorder.
Thompson always wants to stress that recovery is a process. If you approach an individual who you believe may have an eating disorder, they may not acknowledge it right away. Thompson says to show your support for them and stress that you want what is best for them.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please visit St. Norbert College’s Counseling & Psychological Services or take the online eating disorder screening test at http://nedawareness.org. Three minutes could save your life.