‘Restricted’: How disordered eating is disguised and normalized on college campuses

April 22, 2022

For students attempting to define themselves as individuals, sometimes for the first time, college can present an environment that makes comparison, competition and disordered eating seem like normal parts of the process. Rani Bawa was in recovery for an eating disorder and doing well when she came to Ohio State as a freshman.
Her struggle with anorexia nervosa began in high school, and she planned to continue recovery as she moved away from home-cooked meals and parents who kept a watchful eye over her.