The Active Minds Club and Health Services hosted the first National Eating Disorder Awareness event on Feb. 25 in the Student Union on the San Marcos camps.
According to Health Services Staff Representative Lenka Schanka, the NEDA event informed students about healthy eating habits and addressed the myths and stigmas about mental health.
According to Dosomething.org, 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder.
Active Minds President Ashley Fisher said she believes eating disorders are not about how people are trying to change for someone else, it goes deeper than that.
“Rarely do I hear ‘I want to be skinny for guys,” Fisher said. “It turns into ‘I need to feel sick enough to be worthy.’”
A life-sized Barbie Doll was displayed to illustrate how Barbie is unrealistically proportioned.
“The Barbie doll is obviously very shocking,” Fisher said. “It is really freaky that is the ideal image for the American women.”
The Barbie doll showed the unrealistic image of a woman, according to student Linda Astudillo.
“They made the right choice by putting it there,” Astudillo said. “It shows how ridiculous it is for our daughter to be looking at these Barbies and playing with them.”
Health Services, in the past, focused on physical health. Now working with Active Minds, they want to strengthen mental health awareness on campus, Schanka said.