Trinity Valley Community College



Athens Campus
Sheila Jones, MS
Director of Student Pathways and Success

100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, TX 75751
(903) 675-6383

Palestine Campus
Dr. Jeffrey Watson
Vicki Dossett, LPC
2970 N. St. Hwy 19
P.O. Box 2530
Palestine, TX 75802
(903) 723-7046

Terrell Campus
Dr. Algia Allen
Luanne Bourland
1200 E. I-20
P.O. Box 668
Terrell, TX 75160
(972) 563-4904

Health Science Center
Dr. Helen Reid
Jeffrey Ballom, NCC
800 Ed. Hall Drive
Kaufman, TX 75142
(972) 932-4309

Eating Disorders
Posted: 11/1/2011 2:49:36 PM
Up to 30% of college students experience eating disorder symptoms during their college years.

What is an eating disorder? Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are the three most common eating disorders. Someone with anorexia has an intense fear of gaining weight and typically has lost 15% of their original body weight. They have a distorted body image and often engage in intense and excessive exercise. Women may experience an interruption in their menstrual cycle due to weight loss and inadequate nutrition. They may experience hunger but feel in control when they resist the urge to eat. Someone with bulimia typically engages in binge eating-eating large portions of food at one sitting, often in response to emotional, environmental stressors or dieting. These episodes are often characterized by a feeling of being out of control of their eating. Sometimes they purge after binging to alleviate the discomfort and guild created by food intake. Those with binge eating tend to eat more than what is needed to maintain a healthy body. Generally they eat in response to emotional or environmental stressors as well as responding to intense hunger from deprivation and dieting. They have usually dieted repeatedly in the past and have experienced shame about food and body. They feel discouraged and view their ability to handle their problems as inadequate. All of these eating disorders are serious health problems, perhaps life threatening, and can benefit from professional treatment. One of the most underreported problems with eating disorders is the disruption of electrolytes that fire in the central nervous system. This can lead to heart failure. Purging causes esophagus to become ulcerated. Anorexia can lead to infertility.

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, here are some referrals that will assist you.
National Eating Disorders Association
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.
Eating Disorder Referral and Information
Anorexia Bulimia Association, Inc.