Twitter Chat Addresses Challenges Of Eating Disorders For College Women

Twitter Chat Addresses Challenges Of Eating Disorders For College Women

During a Proud2BMe.org and Teen Voices at Women's eNews tweet chat at the end of September, advocates brought up the problem of supporting college students dealing with eating disorders. Designated by the hashtag #Proudchat, the back-and-forth Twitter discussion was moderated. Janette Valenzo, a graduate of New York University and a social activist who suffered from eating disorders in college, led the panel discussion with Proud2Bme Ambassador Shirley Wang and Speak GW. As part of the discussions, expert panelists are appointed as moderators. At the same time, the participants emphasized how social media and other forms of technology can help if used correctly. Being a friend to someone in need is a challenge many young female students will face in college. Although college can become the therapeutic distraction a young woman needs to recover from an eating disorder, this is not always the case. Mary Mangione described how, “Starting college can be really stressful! “Be proactive! Think about what triggers you might face and how you can react to them without being self-destructive,” while recommending that young women, “Identify people you can reach out to if you feel overwhelmed – can be friends, parents, a treatment team, etc.

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Participants emphasized how social media and other forms of technology can help.

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During a Proud2BMe.org and Teen Voices at Women’s eNews tweet chat at the end of September, advocates brought up the problem of supporting college students dealing with eating disorders.

Designated by the hashtag #Proudchat, the back-and-forth Twitter discussion was moderated. Janette Valenzo, a graduate of New York University and a social activist who suffered from eating disorders in college, led the panel discussion with Proud2Bme Ambassador Shirley Wang and Speak GW. Speak GW provides campus-wide support and advocacy at George Washington University.

In 2013, Women’s eNews retained the 25-year-old magazine, Teen Voices, to further its mission to improve the world for female teens through media. Teen Voices at Women’s eNews provides online commentary about issues directly affecting young women,…

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