Texas Tech Experts Weigh In On Eating Disorders and Awareness

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week coincides with Feed Your Body and Soul Week at Texas Tech University Feb. 20-26.

Written by Audrey Rickel

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week coincides with Feed Your Body and Soul Week at Texas Tech University Feb. 20-26. This week recognizes the causes, warning signs and risks of eating disorders and helps to celebrate a positive body image.

Eating disorders tend to be oversimplified, but they can be harmful and very complex, with several social and biological factors playing a role in their cause.

Two Texas Tech experts from the Student Counseling Center at the Student Wellness Center at Texas Tech can discuss eating disorders and the specifics of Feed Your Body and Soul week.

Kathryn Brown, staff psychologist, can discuss the misconceptions, causes, risks, dangers and means of recovery of eating disorders. As a professional who has worked with several people suffering from eating disorders and body image concerns, she has seen firsthand the complexity and underlying issues associated with eating disorders. She works with patients suffering from eating disorders to understand the causes and help further their treatment. Brown can be reached at (806) 742-3674, or kathryn.brown@ttu.edu.

Lynda Silva, psychology intern, can discuss the details of Feed Your Body and Soul Week. This week inspired by National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, is about enjoying and moving the body. Several events are taking place, such as zumba and belly dancing classes, clothing donations, chef demonstrations and presentations about the misrepresentations of body types in the media; all of which she hopes will bring further awareness of eating disorders and a healthy body image. Silva can be reached at(806) 742-3674, or lynda.silva@ttu.edu.

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