Eating Concerns Mentors
Eating Concerns Mentors
Eating Concerns Mentors Provide...
- Individual support for UNH students who are struggling with body image difficulties, eating concerns or if a student is concerned about a friend or family member
- Fat Talk Free Week and Eating Concerns Awareness Week, awareness campaigns for the UNH community
- The Body Project, an educational program for groups that addresses body image and eating concerns in college students
What's an Eating Concern?
Eating concerns include disordered or chaotic eating patterns, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. An eating concern may also involve body dissatisfaction and/or obsession with exercise.
Signs and symptoms of eating concerns include:
- Preoccupation with your weight or shape, food, or exercise
- Isolation or avoidance of social situations because there will be food present
- Inability to menstruate
- Feeling out of control while eating or around food
- A negative attitude about your body, weight, or shape; often compare yourself to others
- Unhealthy relationship with food and exercise
- Extreme weight fluctuations
- Inability to partake in activities that you used to enjoy
- Feeling numb and empty inside like your life lacks fulfillment or happiness
Who are Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs)?
Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs) are UNH students who are trained to provide peers with support and information regarding eating concerns. They are volunteers committed to helping peers with eating concerns. They receive extensive training and supervision from the Nutrition Educator at Health Services and two peer leaders.
What are the beliefs of the Eating Concerns Mentors?
- Talking to someone about their eating disorder can make a difference in their life
- An eating disorder can happen to anyone
- There is no one universal cause of an eating disorder
- Eating disorders are not about food
- No food is “good” or “bad”
- Dieting does not work
- A person’s size does not determine his/her health
- Limited representation of different body types in the media impacts the body image of many individuals, which in turn may impact eating behaviors
If you are a UNH student working toward recovery from an eating concern, struggling to prevent relapse from an eating concern or are questioning whether you have an eating concern then this program may be helpful. The program is also for students concerned about a friend or family member with these issues.
When are mentors available?
ECM mentors are only available during the academic year when classes are in session. They arrange contacts with students based their individual schedules.
How long does it take to get a response?
The mentor will make the initial contact within 48-72 hours via email. Occasionally there may be a technical issue with the link provided. If you have difficulty with the link or are not contacted within 72 hours, please call the Office of Health Education & Promotion, Health Services at (603) 862-3823.
What kind of support and help can I expect?
Initial contact is via email. Additional contact is determined by the mentor and student. Contact may be via email, phone conversation or face-to-face meeting.
Is confidentiality respected?
Mentors respect confidentiality unless a student discloses that they may harm themselves or somebody else.
How do I request a mentor?
By clicking the button below, you will be directed to a brief and confidential questionnaire that will allow you to tell us more about the situation that you are struggling with. Once we have received your request to be connected with a mentor, we will review your questionnaire and pair you with a compatible peer mentor.
The Body Project Program - Presented by the Eating Concerns Mentors
Invite an ECM to present The Body Project to your group, class, Greek house or residence hall. The program focuses on the pressures college students may endure related to body image, eating concerns and the way in which mass media perpetuate these issues. Students will learn how to challenge media ideals, fat talk statements among peer groups, increase their confidence, and overall decrease their chances of obtaining an eating disorder.
The program will be facilitated by our Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs) and is offered in two different formats:
1) 1 hour session that meet once a week for 4 weeks. This is recommended for all female groups that meet regularly, such as teams, clubs, suitemates/roommates.
2) 90 minute, one time program. This format is recommended for mixed gender groups who may not necessarily come into contact with each other on a regular basis, such as residence halls, classes, special events.
This program is an evidence based program that is presented nationally at college campuses.
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