Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources
Facts about eating disorders:
Eating disorders are not about food, but food is the substance
that people with eating disorders use or misuse as a coping strategy. Students
who have an eating disorder have both physical and psychological symptoms. They
are characterized by problematic attitudes and feelings about food, weight and
body shape, a disruption in eating behaviors and intense anxiety about body weight
The term Disordered Eating usually refers to Anorexia Nervosa,
Bulimia Nervosa, and/or Binge Eating Behavior.
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by restricted eating,
self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
Warning Signs of Anorexia
Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of
overeating large amounts of food in a short period of time (the binge) followed
by some form of purging (i.e. vomiting, laxative use or excessive exercise).
Binge Eating Behavior is characterized by recurrent episodes of
binge eating that are not followed by compensatory behaviors (purging) to prevent
weight gain. Binge eating includes distress regarding the binge, eating much
more rapidly than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, and eating
large amounts of food when not physically hungry.
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