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For Students/Self Help - Worried About Eating Disorders?

What is it?

Eating is something that can cause a great deal of stress in one’s life. Whether it is eating too much or not enough, thinking about eating and food can be time consuming and distressing. When thoughts about eating feel out of control, treatment can help individuals understand and change their thoughts and behaviors.

Overeating or Binge-eating is consuming a large amount of calories in one sitting. This can cause guilt and anxiety for the individual and is sometimes (but not always) followed by purging (vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, over exercising) as a way to get rid of the calories that were consumed.

Under-eating is consistently consuming fewer calories than needed to maintain health.

Symptoms

  • Constant thoughts about food or eating
  • Preoccupation with body shape, size, or weight
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness, or helplessness regarding food
  • Feeling irritability when others talk about food
  • Binge-eating or overeating
  • Not eating enough calories to maintain health
  • Purging food that has been consumed through vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, or exercise
  • Eating in secret
  • Physical problems as a result of over or under-eating or purging
  • Thoughts of suicide or making suicide attempts

What can I do about it?

Eating problems are treatable. The most common treatments for eating problems are psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy offers people the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to their eating problem and to deal effectively with the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and situational causes.

Other Treatment Options

It is very important for people who may be struggling with eating problems to seek care from a licensed mental health professional that has training and experience in helping people with eating problems.

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