When a student approached Notre Dame psychology professor Alexandra Corning several years ago about writing a senior thesis on eating disorders, Corning said she knew very little about the topic. Now, she conducts research about eating disorders and teaches an undergraduate course titled “Understanding Eating Disorders.” While diagnosable eating disorders are a major concern, Corning said she focuses on the large number of people who struggle with symptoms, but do not have a diagnosable disorder. Statistics, however, are not always accurate because eating disorders and related symptoms are often underreported, according to Valerie Staples, staff clinician and coordinator of eating disorder services at the University Counseling Center. Students wanting to help a friend, Staples said, must address specific concerns about behaviors in a compassionate, nonjudgmental manner. “It’s not about finding the perfect words,” she said. “I don’t have tips on how to make this an easy conversation, but I think there really isn’t a wrong way to tell someone you’re worried about them.” There are three types of eating disorders, Corning said. They fall under the categories of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and not otherwise specified. Not all symptoms fit under these categories, and some fit under all of them. For example, Corning said over-exercising can be a symptom of anorexia, but also a form of purging after binge eating associated with bulimia. “I think that there’s, for some, a misconception that people can’t get better,” she said. “And if I didn’t see people get better, I don’t think I could keep doing this [job.] … It’s a long process of change, but people can overcome an eating disorder and live very long, full lives without this consuming them.” “Even when you’re struggling sub-clinically, you’re struggling,” Corning said. “Our campus, even if you looked around and discovered, yes, full-blown, diagnosable cases are rare … there’s lots of people who are struggling at a sub-clinical level.” While she said the study did not set out to find statistics in that area and was not an entirely random sample, the findings did show that eating disorder symptoms are frequent on campus. While realizing the prevalence of disordered eating and the difficultly of confronting these issues can be discouraging, Staples said she finds hope in stories of recovery. One in three college-aged women has disordered eating habits, although only nearly 10 percent have a full-fledged eating disorder, according the University Counseling Center and resources distributed on Notre Dame’s campus this week as part of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center. Eating disorders and body image issues are prevalent for the college-aged population due to competition and comparison among students, Staples said. “And [college students today] have grown up in a culture where there’s more bombardment of these images,” she said. Of all the students who came to the University Counseling Center last year, Staples said the Center’s annual report indicates that 10.3 percent reported eating concerns. Yet in addition to working with students who have eating disorders, Staples also meets with concerned friends. “Every year, every semester, I have people calling me or coming in in groups to consult about a friend who they’re worried about,” Staples said. “When I’m consulting with them about how to help a friend, we spend a lot of time talking about not only what they can say to their friend, but also about what to expect.” “Of the people who signed up for our study and were in it … 56.2 percent either had a diagnosable eating disorder or showed symptoms,” Corning said. “It means that if you think no one else is struggling, you’re wrong.” Corning said it is important for students to understand that they are not alone in facing symptoms of eating disorders. A study she did in 2006 found that a great number of female undergraduates at Notre Dame displayed these symptoms. Staples said she finds the amount of student energy and participation in the event this week to be extremely encouraging. One of the most important aspects of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week is based on educating students about how they might help a friend with an eating disorder, she said. “Even if students on campus think that they don’t know somebody with an eating disorder, it’s very likely they do,” she said. “We have a lot of members of our community who are really struggling and who are in a lot of physical and emotional pain.” Eating disorder symptoms are prevalent in both men and women in part because popular culture provides constant reminders of a thin ideal for women and a muscular ideal for men, Corning said.
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Bumgarner came into Friday night with a 20-inning scoreless streak at AT&T Park. He also is 15-10 lifetime against the Dodgers and has allowed them a .227 batting average over the years. “But they’ve got so much depth over there, it’s tough to get a matchup against them,” Bochy said.David Freese, a Dodger for less than a month, brought a 7-for-15 worksheet into Friday’s game against Bumgarner. Kiké Hernandez, who has four homers in 36 at-bats against Bumgarner, was leading off.Hernandez then got three singles off Bumgarner and is now 19-for-40 lifetime against him. Justin Turner followed the third single with a home run that put the Dodgers up 3-1, and Bumgarner left after six innings and 112 pitches.However, Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup, a disappointment for those who have enjoyed their annual staredowns.“They got 40 guys over there, so we don’t need any bench-clearings tonight,” Bochy said. “We’re outnumbered.” The Giants are having a miserable season by their standards, although it hasn’t affected their attendance, fourth-best in baseball.They came in 73-86 and have hit .220 since the All-Star break. No one has finished a season like that since the 1974 Padres (.214), and the Giants have no current player with more than 54 runs batted in. The club has already fired General Manager Bobby Evans.San Francisco is 39 games below .500 since it won the 2014 World Series, its third in a five-year span. It traded for Andrew McCutchen in a vain attempt to maintain appearances, and now McCutchen plays for the Yankees.Still, the opportunity to deal the Dodgers a blue offseason, or at least to deny them a sixth consecutive NL West title, still resonates.“I think it’s good for the young players to experience it,” Bochy said. “They’re playing in games that mean something, and there’s excitement, and there’s even a little pressure.”Plus, there’s an old-time ethic in holding up your end during a pennant race. Bochy maintained Bumgarner would have started Friday against the Rockies as well as the Dodgers.There was a little grumbling in Dodger circles over the supine way the Phillies approached their series in Colorado, losing all four games. But the Phillies played the best lineups they could. Maybe they weren’t grinding, but the Dodgers shouldn’t have needed their help.This evoked memories of 1993, when there wasn’t a wild-card, and San Francisco was in the process of winning 103 games. However, it was in the same division as Atlanta, which got to feast on Colorado in its final weekend. This is back when starting pitching was actually valued, and the Braves rolled out Steve Avery, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.Related Articles SAN FRANCISCO — Originally, Madison Bumgarner’s pitching turn was Wednesday. Then the Dodgers’ world turned.Two losses in Arizona loosened the Dodgers’ hammerlock on the National League West. The weekend in San Francisco would not be devoted to filling up box scores with names of extra men.It would instead determine where, when and whether the Dodgers would take their meticulously-planned operation into the playoffs. Bumgarner, the Giants left-hander who peers across the diamond at the Dodgers like a hunter views a 7-point buck, wanted to be a part of their complications.“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before the three-game series began Friday night. “We wanted to get a start for (Casey) Kelly, and do you want him to start against the Dodgers Friday or against San Diego Wednesday? So you want to do the right thing.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Meanwhile, the Giants had four at Dodger Stadium, against a Dodgers team that was flailing to finish at .500.Tommy Lasorda implored the Dodgers on Sunday morning to go out there and beat the Giants because of Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, etc. And they did, beating up on Salomon Torres and winning 12-1.But there’s a part of the story that the Dodgers leave out. The Giants won the first three games of that series. They won a game that featured a starting pitching matchup of Bryan Hickerson vs. Orel Hershiser, and they won another one when Lasorda decided it would be no problem if young Omar Daal faced Barry Bonds with first base open.The Giants finished the season 14-3 and set an 88-year high for wins. Their season ended right there, with Hershiser taunting the Giants and Matt Williams promising to try to hit every line drive up the middle thereafter with Hershiser on the mound.Now they gather again. “It’s fitting,” said Dave Roberts, the Dodgers manager, hoping it won’t be too tight. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco