Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) are psychiatric diagnoses that involve a significant disturbance in the perception of body shape and weight which leads to an abnormal or obsessive relationship with food, exercise, and self-image. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by the refusal to maintain minimally normal weight for age and height (weight less than 85% of expected); an intense fear of gaining weight; a denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight; and, in postmenarcheal women, an absence of monthly menstruation. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by inappropriate behaviors to prevent weight gain such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, and enemas; fasting; and/or excessive exercise.
Signs of Problem eating include:
Additional information and resources on Eating Disorders and Body Image issues
If you think that a student may be struggling with an Eating Disorder:
Counseling & Psychiatry Services (802) 656-3340
HOPE stands for Help Overcome Problem Eating. HOPE is a multidisciplinary team of professionals committed to promoting positive body image and supporting students who struggle with problem eating.
We offer individual assessment and treatment for students who have or may have disordered eating or body image issues. If needed, treatment typically includes regular medical followups and counseling.
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