MSU CARE Program

Resources for Faculty, Staff and Parents

Depressed Suicidal Overanxious Grieving Self-Injury
Disruptive Aggressive Threatening Eating Problems Bipolar
Irrational Under the Influence Stalking Relationship Violence Sexual Assault
*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.



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




  •  Speak directly to the student about your concerns and the behaviors you observe.
  •  Give simple solutions ("If you'd just stop, everything would be fine!").
  •  Let the student know other qualities/characteristics you appreciate about her or him.
  • Trying to control the behavior ("You have to eat something! You're out of control!").
  •  Encourage the student to make an appointment with a professional counselor.
  • Don't ignore the problem, hoping it will go away; it won't.


If there is immediate risk to life or property, call 911.