Penn State Will Observe National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Penn State will host a number of on-campus activities from February 20th to the 23rd to raise more awareness about eating disorders.

These activities, sponsored by many Student Affairs units, will precede National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and aims to educate the community about eating disorders and promote attitudes of self-acceptance.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 to 25 percent of college-aged students are at risk of developing eating disorders. Early Detection and treatment are really important in identifying and combating the issue.

All Penn State students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend the free activities surrounding National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

The scheduled activities are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 20th: “Embrace” the movie – 6:30 p.m., Freeman Auditorium

The Center for Women Students will host a screening of “Embrace”, a social impact documentary, which follows Taryn Brumfitt as she speaks with experts and women about body image issues.

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd: The Body Monologues project – 7:30 p.m., Freeman Auditorium

The Body Monologues Project, sponsored by University Health Services (UHS), is designed to encourage conversations about body image through theater. Penn State students will take the stage to voice their challenges and triumphs related to their bodies. Afterwards, audience members and performers will share their opinions and talk about current body image issues.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:  Speaker/Performer: Jill Catherine – 8 p.m. 112 Kern Auditorium

UHS and Penn State Panhellenic Council present Jill Catherine, founder of She was personally impacted by an eating disorder which lead her to reconsider her relationship with her body. She did this through multicultural dance, drum arts, yoga and meditation. Jill Catherine will discuss her experiences.

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