Date of Defense




First Advisor

Bryan Staufer

Second Advisor

Gretchen Kauth

Third Advisor

Linda Guthrie


Coping skills are a subject that college students face everyday. These coping skills may be healthy or unhealthy. Eating disorders may be classified as both a coping skill and a disease. The prevalence of eating disorders is disproportionate among men and women attending college, and there is a wide continuum that includes the commonly recognized disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. Diagnoses of these disorders has strict criteria. There are numerous physical and psychological consequences that may result from an eating disorder. The physical consequences include gastrointestinal and electrolyte abnormalities, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular risks. Psychological consequences include brain function and social integration. With the growing prevalence of eating disorders among female college students, Western Michigan University has developed an eating disorders program that is available for their use.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only