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.
- 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.