Eating Problems Resources
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*All linked information from the Reaching Out Handbook: Resources for Responding to Students in Distress used with permission from Boise State University's Health Services.
THE STUDENT WITH EATING PROBLEMS
For many people, losing weight is a constant and often frustrating concern. Most people who diet do not develop eating disorders. But for others, the effort to become thin- to stay that way- can turn into an obsession. In some cases, it can become life threatening. For students who tend to be perfectionists with very high expectations, losing weight can be seen as the first step to improving themselves, or provides a way to escape from feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- excessive weight loss in a relatively short period of time
- continuation of dieting although bone-thin
- unusual interest in food and strange eating rituals
- bingeing - consumption of large amounts of food
- disappearance into bathrooms for long periods of time
- distorted view of body image
- loss of menstrual periods
- obsession with exercise
- serious depression
If there is immediate risk to life or property, call 911.