It's Never too Early to Ask for Support
“Is this normal?”
“Is it serious enough to need help?”
“But isn’t everyone trying to lose weight?”
Diet culture is so normalized that it can be hard to tell what “normal” is. If you’re feeling preoccupied with food and body thoughts, we invite you to get curious and join us in a collaborative, nonjudgmental exploration.
There Are Many Ways to Get Support for Eating and Body Image Concerns
Our multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Assessment Team (EAT team) includes counselors, psychiatrists, dietitians, and medical providers that specialize in disordered eating and body image concerns. We work together to support you through recovery. Meet the EAT team mental health providers.
CAPS and Campus Health offer assessment and short-term treatment for disordered eating and body image concerns. We're not an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment center. If you're interested in more intensive treatment options, we're happy to connect you to off-campus services.
Counseling & Psychiatry
One-on-one brief counseling and medication management is available with eating disorder specialists.
The Campus Health nutrition team offers individual consultations on nutrition and/or fitness.
The CEDAR (College Eating Disorder Awareness and Recovery) Group welcomes new members throughout the semester.
A Campus Health medical provider might recommend you start with a counselor or dietician. They will also follow up with you about any medical concerns.
Am I sick enough to need help?
Diagnostically speaking, a set of behaviors or experiences may be considered a disorder if it causes significant distress or interferes with daily functioning, but at CAPS and Campus Health, we believe it's never too early to get support. The EAT team supports students with a wide range of concerns, from questions about food and body image to diagnosed eating disorders. If you're wondering about your wellness, make an appointment. We'll work together to set and work toward your personal goals.
What if I already know what to do?
We can all use support, no matter what stage of awareness or change we're in. Whether you're new to counseling or have been in treatment before, there's always something new to discover. Even if you've read every book on the subject, this isn't a journey you need to take alone. We'll collaborate with you in creating a customized plan.
Can you tell me exactly what to do?
While there are many guidelines and evidence-based interventions available, there's no one-size-fits-all road to wellness. That's why our emphasis is on collaboration. Together, we'll identify your most pressing questions and concerns and figure out where to go from there.
Are you going to judge me for what I'm doing?
We're here to support you, not be the food police. Our mission is to offer a safe and welcoming space for all students, no matter what concerns they have. Anything that's going on in your life is worthy of compassion and curiosity. And no matter what you're experiencing, you are worth taking care of.
Eating Disorder Screenings
- Eating Disorder Recovery Resource Page
- Helping Someone With Eating or Body Image Concerns
- Learn the Facts About Eating Disorders
- NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association)
- The Difference Between Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
Nutrition & Eating Disorder Recovery Resources
- Body Positive Arizona
- Break Free 12-Step Eating Disorder Recovery Group
- Cooking on Campus
- Individual Nutrition Support
- Nutrition Navigators