Body Image and Eating Concerns

Body image and eating concerns

Food can fuel our bodies, but it can also be used to help us cope with emotional and mental distress. Eating can be a source of comfort and calming, while restricting consumption can provide a sense of control.

Many people respond to life stressors by altering their eating behavior. This may lead to medical complications if left untreated. Excessive food restriction, chronic binging and/or purging, or focused attempts to attain the “perfect body” can be signs of disordered eating.

If you or someone you care about is afraid of gaining weight or is concerned about their eating habits, complete a self-assessment or contact CAPS.

Start your self-screening

The Division of Student Affairs also hosts a screening day dedicated to healthy eating each February. Students can take a self-assessment at the event and discuss their results with clinical staff. Professionals from CAPS and Health and Wellness Promotion will be available to answer your questions about nutrition and body image and provide educational materials.