DCCC Hosts Expert on Eating Disorders for Campus Discussion

Feb. 22, 2013 – The Davidson County Community College Association of Nursing Students recently enlightened the campus and community about the dangers of eating disorders, and how it affects both men and women of all ages and cultures by hosting Dr. Cynthia Bulik, an expert on the subject from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bulik presented “Reflections of Reality: Eating Disorders in Diverse Populations and Across the Lifespan,” a presentation meant to help dispel stereotypes about those afflicted with eating disorders. Bulik has written more than 450 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders, as well as many books, has appeared on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” “CNN Morning,” “Katie,” “Dr. Oz,” “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray.” 

“Davidson County and the surrounding areas have limited access to mental health services regarding eating disorders; the closest facilities are in Raleigh and Chapel Hill,” says Kay Fuson, Association of Nursing Students chapter adviser. “Our goal for the event was to perhaps facilitate change as our group grows each year.” 

Fuson says the nursing students found the subject matter particularly important. “Nursing is a predominantly female occupation, but the number of men in our field is growing. The proportion of men and women in the nursing field is comparable to the proportion of those who are afflicted with eating disorders – as men are affected with them as well,” Fuson says. “It’s likely that both our profession and student population are affected by this ailment. But often, individuals are not comfortable with coming forward. The topic, with continued exposure, can help us recognize, intervene and perhaps even prevent this disorder.”

Fuson notes she hopes students were able to become more informed through the campus event. “Our hope is that students will start having discussions regarding eating disorders and their prevalence in our society,” she says. “Hopefully, the community will become more aware – which is the first step necessary to bringing change. … This is the second year we have focused on eating disorders, and we hope to make this a yearly event for our campus and community. We hope to have ‘Eating Disorder Awareness Week’ become a campus-wide activity.”

Fuson adds the Association of Nursing Students plans to hold more events in the future, including other philanthropic efforts, such as hunger walks and more.

*Editor’s Note: Pictured is Dr. Cynthia Bulik, eating disorder expert from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.