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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can affect any gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic class.

Eating disorders such an anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders are complex and potentially life threatening mental illnesses that interfere with one’s well-being and ability to function. They are treatable illnesses influenced by both biological and environmental factors and benefit from early detection and intervention.

While anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most common eating disorders, a person may be significantly ill despite not meeting all criteria for a diagnosis.

What to do if you think you have an eating disorder

If concerns about food and your body are taking up too much space in your life:

  • Complete a brief assessment tool from the National Eating Disorder Association, and/or
  • Reach out to UT's Mindful Eating Program, staffed by specially trained counselors, dietitians, and doctors. Access this program by:
    • scheduling an appointment with a Counseling and Mental Health Center counselor at (512) 471-3515, OR
    • scheduling an appointment with a University Health Services (UHS) healthcare provider at (512) 471-4955, OR
    • scheduling an appointment with the UHS dietitian at (512) 475-8010.

What to do if a friend or family member might have an eating disorder

  • Encourage them to seek help through the Mindful Eating Program, if they are a UT student.
  • Familiarize yourself with these tips for talking with them about your concerns:
    • Practice what you want to say.
    • Choose a private setting in which to talk.
    • Express your concern using “I” statements (e.g. “I’m worried about you”).
    • Share what you have noticed about changes in their behaviors and/or mood. (“I’ve noticed that you’ve been spending a lot of time at the gym and missing our game nights.” “I’ve noticed that you seem to be more irritable and withdrawn lately.”)
    • Avoid offering simple solutions such as “just eat.” Instead, encourage them to seek professional help.
    • Be prepared for a negative reaction, but know that you may be planting the seed that encourages them to get help.

For more information, check out NEDA.

Nutrition Links

Additional Nutrition Topics
Registered Dietitian Consultations
Mindful Eating Program
Nutrition Handouts
Nutrition Peer Led Workshops
Hunger and food insecurity - UT Outpost



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