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Katie Burgstrom, Allison Marciano Deliverables - Question Response We chose eating disorders as our topic. Neither of us knew that much about eating disorders so we figured it would be a good thing to research. This issue is relevant to RAs because it is an issue that some of our residents may face themselves, or has a close friend or family member who is dealing with it. If we are able to support them in a way that will help them overcome the eating disorder, they will know that we care about them and want the best for them. Furthermore, if a resident has an eating disorder and feels comfortable talking to his or her RA about it, the RA will then be able to get the resident the help that he or she needs. Residents who have eating disorders might feel like they are alone, and have no one who can relate to what they are going through. They also usually have to deal with a variety of side effects of their particular eating disorder. Most include severe health related problems, including fatigue, oral health problems, significant weight gain or loss, etc. Residents not only face physical trauma or side effects, but emotional and psychological ones as well. Since eating disorders are so personal, and can be extremely different from person to person, residents will most likely push their RA away and refuse help. When a person has one of these eating disorders, he or she usually denies help and wants to try to do themselves. In this instance, if an RA does understand that a resident has an eating disorder, he/she needs to speak with the resident and make sure that they know the RA cares and will always be there to talk. Afterwards, if the RA notices that the safety of the student is at risk due to health effects, further action should be taken, speaking with the RD and other individuals like school counselors and the wellness center staff.


Resource Page 1.) Rochester Eating Disorders Organization (REDO) REDO is a non-profit community eating disorders program located in Rochester, NY, that has been helping people overcome problems such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and compulsive or binge eating since 1982. The Organization also offers weekly support groups and can provide referrals to professional health care providers. http://www.redony.org/ 2.) Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Western New York The Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Western New York gives family and friends a great amount of information about eating disorders and treatment of eating disorders. The center also has a variety of services for individuals with the eating disorder, including outpatient care and residential services. These services depend on the status of the individual and is evaluated on a case by case basis. http://www.nyeatingdisorders.org/network.php 3.) There are a great amount of resources online and referral spots for websites and locations for treatment of an eating disorder, or to assist someone else through the process. 4.) The Saint John Fisher Wellness Center offers counseling, support, evaluations and guidance for these types of disorders for the individual with the eating disorder, as well as his or her family and friends (roommates).


Fact Sheet 

Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.

Bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most common forms in the United States.

Peer pressure and idealized body-types seen in the media are a significant factor/cause

Possible symptoms and complications include acne, xerosis, tooth loss, cavities, cardiac arrest, death, kidney failure, and suicide.

Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional, social issues, all of which need to be addressed for effective prevention and treatment.

Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or picture yourself in your mind.

Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs.

http://www.nyeatingdisorders.org/network.php http://nationaleatingdisorders.org/information-resources/general-information.php http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/complete-index.shtml


Case Study You are an RA on a co-educational freshmen floor in Haffey Hall. One of your residents, Joey, wanted to talk to you on-one-one about one of his roommates. He comes to your room after dinner and sits on your futon while you sit on your desk chair. He begins to say, “I’m worried about my roommate, Michael. I think he might have some sort of an eating disorder.” He pauses and then continues, “I didn’t know guys could have that but he just got on the basketball team and keeps saying how he wishes he looks like his teammates. I see him eat dinner but lately after he eats, he claims that he feels sick and needs to throw up. This has been happening after every meal that I have had with him. I talked to his girlfriend, Kate, about it and she said that he says the same thing to her too. We’re both worried about him and since he is a bit bigger than the rest of the basketball players, he may be doing this to look just like them. We’re both too nervous to confront him about it because he seems to be really sensitive about his looks ever since he joined the team.” You sit there thinking about the next thing you’re about to say when Joey’s phone went off. His facial expression changes and he said, “I just got a text from Kate. He’s throwing up right now in our room.” AUTHORS’ NOTE: While these events are not factual, this case was created to be used as a q teaching tool. ASSIGNMENT:

1. What would you do next? 2. How would you respond to what Joey told you? 3. Would you contact anyone? If so, who?


Eating Disorders