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MSSU Promotes Students to Love their Bodies

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Missouri southern is raising awareness for those suffering from eating disorders.

It's one of the most common disorders affecting adolescents. February 23rd to March 1st marks National Eating Disorder Awareness month. That's why Missouri Southern is hoping to make a change and keep students healthy by teaching them to love the body they're in.

"[For girls] I think the most thing is weight issue, and the appearance of being slim or skinny." says MSSU Student, Hannah Cooke.

"[For guys] I think the biggest thing with men is just trying to bulk up and get a big physique" says MSSU Student, Garrett Barnes.

America strives for that perfect body and will do just about anything to get it, including forming unhealthy habits.

"They feel like the worlds looking at them differently and really they're they only ones that are looking at themselves in a bad light." says MSSU Aquatics & Wellness Director, Heather Arnold.

In conjunction with national eating disorder awareness week, Missouri Southern hosted a weeks worth of activities, all devoted to loving your body. Nearly 20 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at least once in their life. From that 20 million - the majority of them come from the college age.

"We've always grown up hearing about the freshman 15, so we tend to over react to it. So sometimes we will try so hard to over compensate to make sure that we're not adding that on that we end up hurting ourselves." Arnold says.

"College is really hard. And if you don't have a routine or a schedule, you can fall out of that. And I think it's just all about making sure you take the time and the steps to be right for yourself." Cooke says.

Students say being healthy doesn't always have to involve starving yourself, but should be about creating a lifestyle that's right for you.

"Students just need to take advantage of the facilities we have here at Southern, and to be overall physically active. Whether that be cardio or muscular strength training or anything in that aspect." Barnes says.

According to the NEDA website....8 million men and women die from eating disorders each year...And only one-in-ten will ever get treatment for their conditions, so it's important to understand the signs and symptoms.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, the NEDA association has a toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

For more information on eating disorders, click here
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