Many college students struggle in their relationship with food. At times, that relationship can become destructive and dangerous. There are many types of troubled eating behaviors. Amongst the most common are:
Anorexia (also called Anorexia Nervosa) is characterized by low weight due to restrictive eating and/or purging and an intense fear of being "fat."
Bulimia (also called Bulimia Nervosa) typically refers to binge-eating (eating large amounts of food, well beyond what would be considered necessary) followed by compensatory weight-loss behaviors, such as purging (e.g., self-induced vomiting, diuretic or laxative abuse) or restricting, excessive exercise, as well as others.
Binge Eating Disorder (sometimes called Compulsive Eating) is characterized by repeated periods of impulsive gorging or continuous eating without regular compensatory behaviors (i.e. no purging, restricting, or exercise).
There are many students who recognize their eating behaviors are not healthy, but they are concerned about being judged, misunderstood, or ridiculed. The caring professionals at SLU's counseling center are sensitive to these concerns. Here is what you can expect when you come to the counseling center:
We have positive working relationships with several, local treatment providers who have specializations in treating eating disorders. You are welcome to contact these centers directly. At times, we make direct referrals to them based on our initial assessment.
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