Student Health Serives and Counseling and Psychiatry Service are committed to promoting positive body image and supporting students who struggle with problem eating. We offer individual assessment and connection to services on and off campus. We are able to provide information on how you can help a friend or family member in need. We offer a collaborative approach and coordinated care between medical, psychiatry, counseling and nutrition services.

We have an internal multidisciplinary team called HOPE (Help Overcoming Problem Eating) which is available to our staff and community partners for clinical consultation and education concerning eating disorders. Appointments and further information can be obtained by contacting us at the phone numbers listed to the right.

Learn More About Body Image and Eating Disorders:

Body Image Resources

  • Body Positive looks at ways we can feel good in the bodies we have. Remember your body hears everything you think.
  • Mirror Mirror: A self-image/body awareness program. "For all those who have looked in the mirror and not liked what they've seen."
  • Body Image Betrayal and Related Issues: A voice in the darkness.
  • Adios Barbie: A body image site for every body. No matter what your size or background, we hope to inspire you to love your body through thick and thin!
  • Men's Body Image: "Mirror Image" A six-part series by Alicia Potter for the Learning Network. Once, women worried about their figures while men scarfed down pizza and beer with abandon. Then came Soloflex ads, male anorexia, and...plastic calves?
  • The Century Project: A series of nude photographs by Frank Cordelle accompanied by highly personal and moving statements by women whose lives span 100 years. The words and pictures combine to form a powerful statement about body image, society's portrayal of women in the media, sexuality, pornography, and women's health issues.
  • About-Face: Promotes positive self-esteem in girls, and women of all ages, sizes, races and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach, and activism.

Eating Disorders

  • National Eating Disorders Association: NEDA is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and prevention of eating disorders through educational programming, research, advocacy, treatment and outreach.
  • Andrea's Voice: Andrea can no longer speak for herself, but her mother intends to make sure that her voice is still heard.
  • The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: A non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
  • Gurze Books: A small publishing company that specializes in eating disorders and body image publications and education. Extensive links to organizations, treatment facilities, and other eating disorder Web sites are available.
  • Something Fishy is a comprehensive eating disorder Web site. It was started in 1995 by a recovered anorexic and her husband. You can find in depth information on specific issues. The site is useful to both the professional and the person with an eating disorder.
  • National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance: A non-profit human rights organization that provides public education and advocacy. Educational materials and a newsletter are available.
  • PBS Film: "Perfect Illusions - Eating Disorder and the Family": Four young women and their struggles with eating disorders and how their families were affected by it. View movie clips and access helpful information.
  • PBS Film: "Dying To Be Thin": This film can be viewed online and it examines a disturbing increase in the prevalence of debilitating and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia.

Active Minds @ UVM

Active Minds @ UVM is a student-run organization that works to educate and empower all young adults by providing them with the resources and information they need regarding mental health and mental illness. We are dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, helping to identify the symptoms of mental illness, and acting as a liaison between the student body and the mental health community. We act to spread our mission and achieve our goals through planned events, speakers, panels, discussions, movie nights, and other activities to get the entire student body involved.

Contact Us

  • Counseling and Psychiatry Services: 656-3340
  • Student Health Clinic: 656-3350
  • Nutrition Services: 656-3350

How do you know if you need help?

Do You...

  • Feel guilty after eating something high in fat?
  • Constantly compare yourself with others?
  • Wish for a perfect body?
  • Skip meals to control your weight?
  • Feel the need to weigh yourself often?
  • Often eat less than you want?
  • Feel secretive about eating?
  • Think about food often?
  • Feel unsure about how much you "should" eat?
  • Exercise according to the amount you've eaten?
  • Feel as if your eating is out of control?
  • Feel the need to purge after eating?