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Drunkorexia A Common Problem For College Students

Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Drunkorexia a slang term used to describe the act of limiting calorie intake or working out excessively to compensate for an anticipated high calorie intake from alcohol.

With us Monday is Jennifer Lombardi from the Eating Recovery Center to talk about the dangers of drunkorexia.

Rebecca Thompson from Sacramento State's Student Health and Counseling Services also joins us to talk about how the campus educates incoming students about alcohol.

The fear of gaining the "freshman 15" can cause many, especially females who are twice as likely to suffer from eating disorders, to try to avoid gaining that much weight. Any major action such as extreme dieting or exercise could result in negative results instead of positive one.

Lombardi says the official diagnosis for drunkorexia is typically a combination of anorexia and compensatory behavior.

The Eating Recovery Center has an online quiz that helps people determine if they might have an eating disorder. You can find that at the top of the page here.

Thompson says because of Sac State's large nontraditional student population and its efforts to educate students about alcohol effectively and early into the semester, drunkorexia is not a major problem for the campus compared to other colleges.

She says that the beginning of the school year mostly consists of returning or transfer students reinitiating their mental health services.

It's during midterm seasons where Student Health and Counseling Services sees peak use of its facilities.

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