By: Addie George and Annalise Ginocchi
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) consistently raise awareness about avoiding drugs and alcohol. This month, however, they are turning their focus to the dangers of eating disorders. Miss Shields, the club advisor, believes that students are aware of the what eating disorders are, but they might not be aware of how many people are actually impacted by anorexia.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 30 million people from all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States. This makes eating disorders the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
To help raise awareness for eating disorders, Shenango SADD will be encouraging students to snap a picture of what they are eating at lunch. With the picture, the student will be able to use a Snapchat filter designed by SADD. When they post the snap, “Every student will have a chance to hear and see the activity.”
When upperclassmen peers address the issue, students seem more likely to actually pay attention and partake in the activity. “Students sometimes get sick of teachers and other adults ‘lecturing’ to them about what to do or not to do,” explained Miss Shields. “When it comes from a student‘s point of view, it may ‘hit home’ a little harder.”
It is critical to expose high school students to this because 70% of people who have an eating disorder do not seek treatment for one reason or another. “SADD wants to create a climate for students to feel comfortable to seek help,” Miss Shields emphasized.