Delta Phi Epsilon continues to raise awareness about eating disorders

Delta Phi Epsilon continues to raise awareness about eating disorders

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Members of Delta Phi Epsilon (Deephers) held a vigil for those with eating disorders at the Student Union Building in Ballroom 219C as a means of raising awareness, Feb. 23.
Students gathered to learn more about the variety of eating disorders people can have, and how difficult it could be to cope with them.
“Once you have an eating disorder, it affects you for life,” said Chelsea Morales, philanthropy coordinator for Delta Phi Epsilon.
“These people are always living with the thought that they just aren’t enough and need people to help them along the way,” said Morales.
The night started off with an introduction by Erin Ash, Vice President of Programming, and Morales where they summed up the point of the meeting.
“We’re here to raise awareness of these diseases,” Ash said.
After the brief introduction, Ash and Morales instructed people to move to an open space in the room where balloons were scattered across the floor.
“One of the reasons people have these disorders is because there is something they dislike about themselves,” Ash said.
“So before we start the presentation, I want everyone to yell into their balloon about what they don’t like, and then all together we’ll stomp on the balloon.”
The point, she explained, was to get rid of all inhibitions before continuing the night.
Afterward, she and Morales took everyone back to their seats and started another activity to promote loving oneself.
The duo handed out name tags to the attendees and asked them to write the one thing they liked about themselves.
“Just write whatever it is you love about yourself,” Ash said.
“Your hair, your personality, your booty. Whatever.”
Ash then called people out one by one and asked them to announce what they wrote–some people did indeed say their booty, but most said their smile, personality and laugh.
When the activity was over, everybody put their name tag on and listened as Ash and Morales held a powerpoint presentation over the effects of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating
“Anorexia affects you head to toe,” Ash explained. “Your hair gets thin and brittle, you begin to bruise easier and you are more likely to die from not eating.”
In the powerpoint presentation were multiple graphic images expressing the dangers of these disorders–one of which was a very thin girl looking at a reflection of herself as a very large girl to express anorexia.
“These people see theirselves different than what we see,” Ash explained.
“We see skin and bones, but they see so much more.”
Morales read information about bulimia, explaining it is not just throwing up, but relying on laxatives to lose weight as well.
“Bulimic people see themselves with a figure, but they are bulimic because they are trying to maintain that figure,” she said.
She also presented information about bulimia, saying that many people with bulimia end up visiting the dentist more often than the doctor because all the acids they throw up begin to eat away at their teeth.
After the presentation, the attendees were given candles and proceeded to the SUB courtyard.
Together, everybody lit their candle and had a moment of silence in honor of those with an eating disorder and those lost to an eating disorder.