Eating Disorders on College Campuses

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, nearly 20 percent of college students believe at some point that they’ve suffered from an eating disorder.

“The incidents of eating disorders on college campuses are much higher than they are in the general population and that’s because of their age, the transition, that there’s so much pressure on colleges,” said Jennifer Smith.

Smith manages the Walden Behavioral Care Clinic in Northampton.  She says the pressure to attain the perfect body leads many college females, and even males, to develop an eating disorder, leaving them at risk for long-term health consequences and even suicide.