Eating disorders, positive body image discussed at Rockland Community College event

SUFFERN — Every day, people are impacted with an ideal image portrayed on television, on the cover of magazines and now on social media. But what some don’t notice is that they are images that are sometimes unreal and unsustainable to achieve. And sometimes trying to achieve those ideal images can lead to an eating disorder.

According to National Eating Disorders Association, 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders. Ten and 20 percent of women and four to 10 percent of men in college suffer from an eating. At least one person per hour, dies of from one.

“You see people in the media that you kind of say ‘oh, I want to make my body look like that’ or whatever, but at the end of the day it’s you, and you have to be comfortable in your own skin,” said Joseph St. Hilaire of Suffern. “I am now comfortable in my own skin, but it took me like 20 something years just to do that.”

On Monday, students of the Rockland Community College sat in a meeting hosted by the Jewish Family Service of Rockland County at the school and discussed the importance of having a positive body image.

The discussion was led by Christine Knorr, a clinical social worker who works with those suffering from an eating disorder every day. Knorr said once one develops an eating disorder, the main goal of treatment is to help the patient develop a positive body image of his or her own.

“My main goal here today is to spread a lot of positivity, self-love, the idea that we should proud of who we are, that our bodies are not decorations,” Knorr said.

Sen. David Carlucci was also present at the meeting. Sen. Carlucci recently secured $20,000 in state funding for the Jewish Family Service of Rockland County to promote more education and awareness.

“… So that they can go out and provide this information to fight back against the stigma and make sure that people are getting the help they need,” Sen. Carlucci said.