Eating and Body Image
Eating disorders and/or disturbances in eating or eating-related behavior that impair a person’s physical health or psychosocial functioning. Disturbances in one’s eating habits can include restricting food intake, developing and maintaining strict dieting rules, and having a preoccupation with food. Disturbances related to weight control may include exercising excessively, self-induced vomiting, or misusing laxatives or diuretics. Eating disorders can occur in both males and females.
The following are the most common eating disorders found in college students:
Treatment of Eating Disorders
- The most effective treatment typically involves some form of psychotherapy or counseling in addition to careful attention to medical and nutritional needs by trained professionals.
- Treatment is most effective when eating disorders symptoms are addressed as well as the psychological, biological, nutritional, interpersonal, and cultural factors that contribute to or maintain the disorder.
- Early diagnosis and intervention significantly enhance recovery.
If You Think You May Have an Eating Disorder
- Make an appointment at PACS for an initial consultation with a counselor – please note that you may be referred to a provider off campus who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.
- Schedule an appointment at Health & Wellness and speak to the provider about your concerns.
- Contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline by phone at (800) 931-2237 or live chat on their website.