Eating Disorders are characterized by a significant disturbance in eating
behavior such as restricting food, bingeing and purging, or binge
eating. Eating Disorders can emerge from complex factors including
physical or medical, psychological, cultural, and familial sources.
Those with eating disorders are often ashamed and secretive about their
eating behavior and may initially be reluctant to seek help. This page
is intended to provide some links to information about eating disorders
that may help you or help a friend who is struggling with their eating
behavior, weight, or body image. There is also a self-screening below to
determine if you may have symptoms of an eating disorder, and links to
general information about treatment for eating disorders. If you are
seeking treatment locally, you can start by contacting the Counseling Center.
Take a self assessment for eating disorders
Learn more about Eating disorders by visiting the National Eating Disorders Association website. We recommend you
check out their survival guide and their general resources pages.
If you are worried a friend may have an eating disorder or
other mental health issue, follow this link. Or read more about how to help a friend with an eating disorder here.
Try these resources also:
Watch the PBS television show Nova episode on eating disorders and
pressure to be thin "Dying
to be Thin" on line.
National Organization of Women has tips on how to love your body
UCLA website on Body image
Separating Fact from Fiction - In Matters of Size and Weight