Nutrition & Eating Disorders

Nutritional assessments and one-on-one advice and guidance are offered at the Wellness Center by a nutrition graduate assistant from the Sage Graduate Schools Nutrition Program.

Concerned you may have an eating disorder? Take this anonymous and confidential screening: www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/login.asp?keyword=SAGECOLLEGE

Signs of Problem Eating Can Include:

  • Obsession with body image, food, or weight
  • Skipping meals
  • Fear of loss of control over eating
  • Self-induced purging
  • Abuse of laxatives, water pills, or diet pills
  • Change in or absence of menstrual periods
  • Consuming large amounts of food at one time
  • Secrecy with eating behaviors
  • Feelings of shame
  • Excessive weight loss or gain
  • Withdrawal from regular activities and friends

Types of Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa: potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self starvation and an excessive obsession with weight loss. 
  • Bulimia: potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by a compensatory behavior, such as vomiting or using laxatives. 
  • Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating: an eating disorder characterized by recurring binge eating.

Disordered Eating

  • Over Eating: compulsive over eating is the excessive consumption of food (bingeing), often eating thousands of calories at one time.  This is not followed by purging as in bulimia.
  • Night Eating: night eating syndrome is characterized by a lack of appetite in the morning and overeating at night with agitation and insomnia.
  • Closet Eating: A subset of binge eating, closet eating refers to a person that eats normal meals in from of other.  When they are alone, the individual binges on food.  This food is typically high calorie, comfort foods or sugary sweets.
  • Othorexia: orthorexia nervosa is a fixation on eating only healthy foods.
  • EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified): An individual that is struggling with eating disorder thoughts, feelings or behaviors, but does not have all the symptoms of anorexia or bulimia.

Tips for Helping a Friend

  • Express your care and concern without judgment or criticism
  • Encourage your friend to seek professional help
  • Let your friend know that you are there to provide support and help. Be patient
  • Avoid commenting on your friend's appearance, as it may be misinterpreted as either a compliment or criticism.
  • Learn as much as you can about eating disorders. Know the difference between normal obsessive nutrition and exercise habits.