Many people worry
about what they look like, how much they weigh, what others
think of them .
This is especially
important to adolescents and young adults as they move
from high school to branching out into college and beyond.
Sometimes, these worries become more of a problem. People
usually become aware that it is a problem when other people
start noticing or commenting on changes they see.
All of these are areas that
many people struggle with. Even if you only said "yes"
to one or two of these, they might be bothering you
enough that you might want to seek help. Counseling
and Wellness Services provides individual and group
therapy for persons with problems with body image,
worries about weight, eating disorders, and health
and wellness related issues.
Some important facts
about eating disorders
More women are diagnosed
with eating disorders than men (Attie & Brooke-Gunn,
In a study which was
based on a community sample of Hispanic, Asian,
Black, and White women who came to a clinic for
problems with eating, the four groups were found
to be equally likely to have symptoms of bulimia,
anorexia, or binge-eating disorder (Cachelin, F.,
Veisel, C., Barzegarnazari, E., Striegel-Moore,
Depression can also be present
when someone has an eating disorder (Attie &
Brooke-Gunn, 1995; American Psychiatric Association,
When men have eating disorders
they tend to be more concerned with maintaining
a "masculine physique" rather concern with weight
gain (Attie & Brooke-Gunn, 1995)
Boys and girls begin to
think about being thin and can develop problems
with eating very early in life -- as young as in
grade school and possibly younger (Harrison, 2000)
Change in eating and exercise
can disrupt normal reproductive functioning and
can also result in the delay of puberty and can
lead to skeletal problems leading to early osteoporosis
(Attie & Brooke-Gunn, 1995)
If you think you
might want more information and you're not quite ready
to call us, how about checking the following websites
www.health.org/gpower/girlarea/bodywise/eatingdisorders/define.htm This site is oriented toward girls but has some useful
information about eating disorders.
This site has some good information on it about
eating disorders in general
This site also has a survey to help you to think
about whether you might have an eating disorder
This is another page on the same site that might
help if you are worried about a friends of yours.
eatingdisorders.about.com/health/eatingdisorders/cs/bodyimage/index.htm This site provides information about healthy body
image and other related topics including eating disorders.
456 Woodman Drive
This site provides information about the local chapter
of Overeaters Anonymous, their meetings, their newsletter,
Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical
manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Washington,
I., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (1995). In D. Ciccetti and
D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology, Volume
2: Risk, disorder, and adaptation (pp. 332-368).
New York: John Wiley & Sons.
F., Veisel, C., Barzegarnazari, E., & Striegel-Moore,
R., (2000). Disordered eating, acculturation, and treatment-seeking
in a community sample of Hispanic, Asian, Black, and
White women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24, 244-233.
K. (2000). Television viewing, fat stereotyping, body
shape standards, and eating disorder symptomatology
in grade school children. Communication Research,
materials were compiled and prepared by Cindy Weisbart,