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Baylor hosts walk against eating disorders

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WACO - Saturday, dozens of people came out for a walk at Baylor University to raise awareness and money for the fight against eating disorders.

Baylor University hosted their second annual Walk Against Eating Disorders and Unrealistic Body Ideals.

Dozens of people showed up in an effort to raise money and awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically diagnosed eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and others, at some point in their lives.

The purpose of the event is to educate participants and students about what healthy really is.

Dr. Emma Wood says there are a range of eating disorders that go beyond anorexia and bulimia and many can be seen on college campuses.

“Those can look like pathological dieting, restrictive caloric intake structured diets, or maybe even disordered patterns of exercise where people are pushing themselves farther beyond what are actually healthy for them," says Dr. Wood.

In the past, research on eating disorders were focused on affluent white females, but recent data shows these disorders affect everyone.

"A lot of the treatments have been tailored to that population but what we're coming to find is that eating disorders don't discriminate. They don't discriminate based on race and they don't discriminate based on gender," says Dr. Wood.

All proceeds from the walk will go toward the National Eating Disorder Association's advocacy programs.

“My hope is that if nothing else they come away thinking hey maybe I need to rethink the way I examine my own body and what I think is healthy in my life and maybe look to some new ways of exercising and news ways of engaging in food," says Dr. Wood.

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