West Virginia University will sponsor several activities in conjunction with national Eating Disorders and Prevention Week Feb. 26-March 2.

“When the numbers on the scale determine how you feel about yourself or if you weigh yourself every day, skip meals or count calories or fat grams every time you eat, you could be on your way to developing an eating disorder,”said Peter Kahn, a counselor with the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Kahn said statistics indicate that $1 million U.S. males and $8 million females suffer from eating disorders.

“This is a significant problem,”Kahn said,”especially on college campuses. Eating disorders are extreme expressions of concerns with food and weight that are encouraged, even glorified, in our culture. People are much more than the numbers on their scales. We want to help people take back control of their lives.”

This years events, which share the theme Every Body is Beautiful, will focus on body dissatisfaction and ways to promote body image and self esteem, he added.

Events planned include:

  • A 7 :30 p.m. talk on body dissatisfaction Wednesday, Feb. 28, Eiesland Hall. Dr. J. Scott Mizes of WVU s ChestnutRidgeHospital will make the presentation.

  • Building a Wall of Shame that features media images that encourage body dissatisfaction by glorifying extreme thinness. A Wall of Fame will also be built to celebrate media images that encourage body diversity and acceptance. Students and University and local community members are asked to contribute ads, headlines, photos or articles for the walls to be built from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily Feb.26-March 2 in the Mountainlair commons area.

  • Free, confidential screenings and literature from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily throughout the week at the CarruthCenter, located on the third floor of the StudentServicesBuilding.

For more information, contact the CarruthCenter, 304-293-4431.