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16B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Continued from Page 101B
complex over-refined and touched
foods," DeMuth-Nakamoto said.
Eating in moderation can often be
difficult in college when students are3
placed in situations where there is an
abundance of food, like cafeterias.
Yet, the Residential Dining
Services' MSmart Healthy Dining
Program provides students with
healthy alternatives and nutritional
"The MSmart program designates
certain menu items as MSmart
according to the protein, fat and
calorie amounts. Another way we

promote healthy eating is by making
many of our menu items from fresh,
high-quality ingredients," Blackburn
By providing students with nutri-
ent information, healthy and nutri-
tious lifestyles are encouraged. Yet
dieting itself is a common fad, espe-
cially for people in college atmos-
"I think every female feels pres-
sured to meet the requirements of an
'ideal woman.' This campus has a
- lot of people bending to the pressure
of being thin, not healthy. People
forget that food is nourishment, not
the enemy," Cook said.
Rather than jump from fad diet to

fad diet, students should consider a
lifetime of health and fitness.
"Eat foods that are minimally
processed, since that's where most
of the fat and sugar get added, and
be active," Blackburn said. "For
weight loss, eat smaller portions of
high calorie foods, eat a variety of
foods that you enjoy (because it
never works in the long run to elim-
inate your favorite foods) and
increase activity," she added.
Thus, the jumping from one fad
diet to the next is often the tempo-
rary solution to a lifelong problem.
Instead, health and fitness should be
a part of students' everyday routines
rather than a quick fix.

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Pearson. "However, women suffer with
this feeling for long periods of their lives."
Dr. Beye explained that while anyone
can develop an eating disorder, there are
groups of men who are more likely to
suffer from one.
"Originally, athletes with weight
requirements like jockeys and wrestlers
were the only ones known to have eating
disorders," she said. "Other groups, such
as models and homosexuals are affected.
The most relevant group is men whoare
pursuing women partners and who are
feeling insecure. More men fall into the
same dilemmas women face when dating."
Body image and self-esteem seem to be
the most significant factors affecting those
A look at the
underside of U of M

who suffer from eating disorders or a dis-
torted sense of self, regardless of gender.
Ideals of attractiveness and accept-
ance among peers have influenced many
to visit the gym often.
"I work out a lot to keep on top of
things, but there is also a mental image
aspect. Guys want to look good for girls
to notice them," noted Panglinan. Still,
while some people may work out to look
good, others are obsessed with the mere
act of exercising.
Compulsive Exercise is a disorder of
which many students are unaware. Peo-
ple who are addicted to exercise may be
anorexic or bulimic and have low self-
esteem. According to information pub-
lished by the nonprofit awareness
organization Anorexia Nervosa and
Related Eating Disorders, Inc., there are
two major warning signs to look for.
The first sign is "when the activity
stops being fun and becomes a chore or
duty and the person suffering feels guilty
when they do not exercise." The second is
when a person hears and ignores repeated
comments from family, friends, and
physicians about their health.
"It's common for men with eating dis-
orders to have obsessive and compulsive
behaviors," said Dr. Beye. "There is
always a psychological conflict that is in
denial. Most don't even know why they
have an eating disorder."

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