Eating Disorders and Diet Changes

Your eating habits may change once you’re in college, and you may gain or lose weight. College cafeterias, buffets, and easy access to food 24 hours a day make it tempting to overeat or not make the healthiest food choices. On the other hand, you may not eat enough because of stress, lack of money, or other reasons.

Eating disorders are serious medical problems. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder are all types of eating disorders. Eating disorders frequently develop during adolescence or early adulthood, but can occur during childhood or later in adulthood. Females are more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are more than just a problem with food.

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Action Steps

  • Determine if your eating habits could be improved. Visit the Student Health Center or talk to a nutritionist or dietitian about ways to improve your diet.
  • If you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder, get help. If you suspect a friend has an eating disorder, tell him or her about your concerns. Ask him or her to talk to a counselor or doctor who knows about eating issues, and offer to go along to the appointment. Let your friend know you are there for him or her.
  • Talk to someone you can trust, such as a parent, doctor, counselor, religious leader, or teacher.
  • Attend a local 12-step Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meeting with others who are recovering from the disease of food addition.

Nutrition for Everyone
http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/index.html

Eating Disorders (HHS)
http://www.womenshealth.gov/bodyimage/eatingdisorders/

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)
http://www.foodaddicts.org