Eating Disorders Services
As you probably know, it is not unusual for students to struggle with negative body image or eating concerns. If you are worried that you or your friend may be developing an eating disorder please know that you are not alone and we are here to help.
Generally, eating disorders involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings about body weight and food, as well as eating habits that disrupt normal body functions and daily activities.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
Anorexia – People with anorexia starve themselves out of an intense fear of becoming fat. Despite being underweight or even emaciated, they never believe they’re thin enough. In addition to restricting calories, people with anorexia may also control their weight with exercise, diet pills, or purging.
Bulimia – Bulimia involves a destructive cycle of binging and purging. Following an episode of out-of-control binge eating, people with bulimia take drastic steps to purge themselves of the extra calories. In order to avoid weight gain they vomit, exercise, fast, or take laxatives.
Binge Eating Disorder – those who have binge eating disorder compulsively overeat, rapidly consuming thousands of calories in a short period of time. Despite feelings of guilt and shame over these secret binges, they feel unable to control their behavior or stop eating even when uncomfortably full.
It may seem like there’s no escape from your eating disorder, but recovery is within your reach. With proper treatment and support you or someone you care about can break eating disorder’s self-destructive pattern, regain your health, happiness, and gain true self-confidence.
The good news is that the eating disorder behaviors that had been learned can be unlearned. That doesn’t mean the process is smooth, quick, or easy, but you can do it if you're motivated to change and willing to ask for help. However, eating disorder recovery is about more than giving up unhealthy eating behaviors. Overcoming an eating disorder is also about rediscovering who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image.
Taking steps toward a healthier you is tough. It’s common to feel ambivalent about giving up your eating disorder even though it's harmful. If you are even thinking of getting help for eating disorder, you are taking a big step forward.
If you’d like to get help for an eating disorder or body image concerns, come to UHS Counseling and Consultation Services reception desk (333 East Campus Mall, 7th floor) anytime between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday for your initial Access consulation.
Our services include: individual and/or group counseling, medical evaluation, and nutrition consultation. At times, a student has a more serious eating disorder and may require long-term, ongoing, or more intensive treatment than we can offer at UHS. If that’s the case, we can help you get connected with providers in the community who can better meet your needs.