Eating Disorders

Body image concerns, disordered eating, and eating disorders are complex issues that can arise from a variety of sources. Whatever the cause, these issues can create a self-perpetuating cycle of physical and emotional pain and destruction.

We don’t plan to be controlled by our bodies. Often, body image concerns, disordered eating and eating disorders begin as a way to cope with complicated, negative situations that feel out-of-control. Many people in our culture worry obsessively about changing the shape of their bodies. We are socialized to believe that we can control our lives by controlling our bodies. Since body-esteem and self-esteem are very closely linked, worries about body inadequacy can interfere with relationships and distort our sense of self.

Body image issues, as well as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating are serious concerns which frequently affect college students. Early recognition and treatment of an eating disorder, disordered eating, and body image issues will improve your chances for full recovery. The Counseling Center offers a variety of services, such as individual and group counseling and an Eating Disorder Treatment Team. If you are concerned about yourself, or someone you care about, take the time to get help. We deserve it!

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