Dieting and weight control behaviors are common among college students. But sometimes these behaviors develop into more serious eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
The National Institute for Mental Health estimates that more than 5 million Americans are affected by these complex and sometimes life-threatening disorders.
KNOW THE SIGNS & KNOW HOW TO GET HELP
If you know someone who:
- Restricts food intake and diets even though they are thin
- Hates the thought of any body fat
- Skips meals often
- Feels compelled to exercise excessively
- Eats larger than normal amounts of food, or eats in secret
- Vomits or uses laxatives after eating
- Frequently comments about being dissatisfied with their body
- Eats alone, especially when sad or stressed
They may be developing an eating disorder. Express your concern and encourage your friend to seek help.
Resources and help are available at the University Counseling Center, or check out the following great resources:
- The National Eating Disorders Association
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders