Spring Break Special: Eating Disorders

Posted on February 28, 2011


March is almost here, and for many colleges that means spring break is just around the corner.  As young adults gear up for a week of no school, no homework, and no library, they should also be aware of the potential dangers associated with spring break. The pleasures of sun and sand come hand in hand with the hazards of alcohol, violence, sun exposure and more. As a way to help everyone become better prepared, the Mayor’s Health Line will spend the week giving you tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.


The dangers associated with spring break start before travelers even reach their destination. As travel day approaches, you begin to see an influx of young adults heading to the gym; and all of a sudden the salad bar becomes more popular then the taco bar. The pressure to look good for spring break often causes girls and boys to make drastic and unhealthy diet changes. Click the video below to hear Ashley’s story and how her quest to lose weight for spring break spiraled out of control.



Ashley’s story gives us insight as to how spring break can trigger eating disordered behavior and “quick fixes”.  Fad diets, starvation, excessive exercise and weight loss pills can quickly lead to anorexia and bulimia. In the ling-run this can cause heart and kidney problems and even death. It is important to get fit in a proper and healthy manner in order to avoid the dangers of an eating disorder.  Click here for healthy weight loss tips. Remember, making good decisions now will lead to better long-term outcomes!


To learn more about eating disorders, take a look at the National Library of Medicine . If you need additional resources or assistance call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.