Support Services for Students with Eating Disorders and Concerned Others
Students who are struggling with their eating behaviors, have body image concerns or are worried about the eating behaviors of friends, roommates, teammates or family members are encouraged to utilize the following resources for assistance. Many students minimize their eating concerns and wait until the problem has spiraled out of control. Eating disorders impact both male and female students. Whether a person is eating too much or not enough, is overweight or underweight, or avoids activities and interactions because of how she/he feels about her/his weight, appearance or behavior — there are many campus resources that can provide assistance. Those students who worry about the eating behaviors of others may also benefit from the support services described below. Eating behaviors can impact students whether they are worried about a friend or have begun to worry about their own eating behaviors and appearance.
University Counseling Center: St. Liam Hall, (574) 631-7336; Counselors are available to provide a professional assessment and determine what types of treatment would be most helpful. Some students benefit from individual counseling, group therapy, nutritional counseling and/or a psychiatric consultation. These services are available on campus and can be accessed and coordinated through the University Counseling Center. Some students may benefit from more intensive services than are available on campus and referrals will be provided for other resources. UCC's website provides educational information about eating disorders at ucc.nd.edu.
University Health Services: Student Health Center, (574) 631-7497; Physicians are available to conduct physical examinations and make recommendations to students about their physical health. A physician participates on the eating disorders multidisciplinary treatment team.
Food Services: Nutrition Office in South Dining Hall, (574) 631-0106; a registered dietitian is available to help assess potential eating problems and provide nutritional counseling to those struggling with eating issues.
RecSports: Rolf Sports Recreation Center, (574) 631-6100; Consultations are available to answer questions such as “How do I get started with an exercise program?” “What changes should I make?” “Am I doing enough/too much?” To make sure your workouts are safe and effective, orientations on fitness equipment are available throughout campus.
Residence Hall Staffs: Your hall staff has received training about eating disorders and is available to discuss this type of concern with you.