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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are serious and complex diseases that affect men and women of all ages.

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

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

While anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most commonly known eating disorders, a person may still be significantly ill despite not meeting all of the specified criteria of one of these diagnoses.

What Should You Do?

If you feel that concerns about food and your body have taken up too much space in your life, you may be struggling with an eating disorder. Click here to go to a screening tool from the National Eating Disorder Association. You can also reach out to UT’s Mindful Eating Program which consists of specially trained counselors, dietitians, and doctors.


To schedule an appointment with a CMHC counselor, call (512) 471-3515
To schedule an appointment with a UHS physician, call (512) 471-4955
To schedule an appointment with a UHS dietitian, call (512) 475-8010

If you are concerned that a friend or family member may be struggling with an eating disorder, encourage them to seek help through the Mindful Eating Program. Some tips for talking with a friend:
  • Practice what you want to say and choose a private time and place in order to convey your message.
  • Express your concern for their well-being using “I” statements (“I’m worried about you.”).
  • Share what you have noticed about changes in their behaviors and/or mood. (“We’ve noticed that you have been spending a lot of time at the gym and not joining us for game nights anymore.” “I’ve noticed that you seem to be more irritable and withdrawn lately,”)
  • Avoid offering simple solutions such as “just eat” and instead encourage them to seek professional help.
  • Be prepared for a negative reaction. You may just be planting the first seed that encourages someone 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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