H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Nov 3, 2012 3:57 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Walk brings awareness to deadly disease

Cal Poly has one of the highest rates of students with eating disorders in the country and on Saturday, people were taking a stand against the deadly disease.

The first National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk (NEDA) was held at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness, let people know where and how they can get help, and what treatment options are available.

For some of the participants, eating disorders have impacted them personally.

Cal Poly student and walk coordinator Emily Marr says, "It's really scary when you have an eating disorder to go seek treatment, so id rather have treatment find them, so it's easier for them to know where to go and find help and that there is people on campus that have this and would love to talk to them about it. And sometimes you just need that student interaction or somebody that knows about it and who has experience to be able to talk to them and get them to be able to go into treatment."

Marr says eating disorders include things like binging and purging, anorexia, athlexia, and even just obsessing over healthy eating.

She says eating disorders affect both men and women from 3rd grade to 60-years-old.

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