Going to College with an Eating Disorder

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Tips to stay on top of / prevent relapse of your eating disorder in college:

1. “Educate yourself now about nutrition, because knowledge is always the first step in prevention. Accept the fact that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Not everyone can be a size two.”

2. Find a hobby you enjoy to reinforce the idea that you’re more than just a body. Join an on-campus club or organization to form a support network, and most importantly,

3. Be honest with yourself. If, deep down, you know you’re struggling with food issues, get help now (see below for suggestions), before you even think about leaving for school.

4. Get professional help, do not attempt to deal with it alone!

5. Contact your campus health center. Most students have instant access to a wealth of physicians, psychotherapists, registered dieticians, and other experts for a nominal (and, in some cases, non-existent!) fee.

6. Educate yourself. There are many great resources available, which offers 24-hour anonymous, private information on eating disorders and international referral services.

7. Reach out! Even if you’re not the one physically suffering, it’s important to develop a support network. The Something Fishy Web site (www.somethingfishy.org) holds frequent online chats on a variety of eating disorder-related topics, including recovery, treatment options, FAQs, and dealing with friends and family.

8. Get involved with events like National Eating Disorders Awareness week, held annually each spring, most campuses participate in body image awareness activities, such as scale-bashing pinatas and self-esteem workshops, which are a great way to promote self-acceptance.

9. Plan your meal plan a day in advance so that you don’t get busy and ‘forget to eat.’ No excuses!

10. Don’t hesitate to pack snacks to class. Most teachers don’t have a problem with this—it’s perfectly normal for students to bring food to class.

11. Cafeterias are scary for ED. They involve eating food with unknown calories and eating in front of other people. If you eat at the college cafeteria, don’t let it be an excuse to restrict. Try to eat with friends or try out new ‘fear foods.’

12. Don’t isolate yourself. Finding a close friend or two that you feel comfortable talking to about your ED. It’s so nice knowing that you’re not alone, and that you have someone to support you.

13. Keep a journal. It may help you do identify stressors.

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One Response to Going to College with an Eating Disorder

  1. The Real Cie says:

    When I went to college in 1983, my M.O. was Step One: Gorge self on pizza and beer, and step 2, vomit.
    I was a complete wreck during this time of my life. I also have atypical bipolar disorder (type II) which does not present with full manias, and borderline personality disorder. I was self-destructing, and I was being told that there was nothing wrong with me. I just needed to straighten up and fly right.
    My bipolar disorder wouldn’t be diagnosed until I was 38. I wasn’t able to start accepting myself at the size I am until I was 45.
    I’m still working on it.

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