Eating Disorders Problematic on

Created: 01/28/2014 6:49 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- According to a 2013 study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 25% of all college students struggle with some form of eating disorder.

"It’s really high," said University of Minnesota Rochester Junior Anjelica Montano.

Montano says the pressures of being a college student can lead people down bad paths.

"A lot of students might feel like pressured by school, and then stresses of getting out in the world and not living at home, finding friends, getting involved," said Montano.

She says for women, eating disorders are more difficult to avoid, backed up by a 2008 study by the National Eating Disorders Association which showed 22% more women struggled with eating disorders than men.

"I think women try to impress other women more than women try to impress men," said Montano. "Women have this power issue with each other and wanting to look a certain way, wanting to be a certain way such as portrayed by media and celebrities and people they look up to."

"Our society is based around a figure of somebody looking one way so people try to pursue themselves as that way," said UMR Junior Nicole Postl.

Postl also believes that college-aged students aren't as informed as they should be.

"I think students, people in general are unaware of the side effects of eating disorders and how they really affect a person," said Postl.

UMR provides a one to one system where students can call for counseling if they're struggling with an eating disorder or something else.

"When they don't feel like there's routes for them to access for help and assistance, I think a lot of people get more internalized depression with themselves," said Montano.

Luckily for UMR students, they have an outlet to turn to.