FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How do you feel when friends invite you to join them for burgers and fries? Are you excited about the alternative to Ramen or are you filled with a sense of doom? Perhaps the mere thought of eating those foods seems insurmountable. If so, you might be one of the 20 million women or 10 million men in the U.S. who struggle with an eating disorder.
Adequate nutrition is essential for optimal mental and physical health. However, for a subset of the population, food can change from being an enjoyable source of nutrition to a source of emotional distress. The three types of eating disorders - Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder – affect persons from different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, and gender identities. Unfortunately, each can result in serious or even life-threatening health consequences.
The good news is that assistance is available. The Eating Disorder Network is a free resource for University of Iowa students. This is a collaborative group of health professionals who have joined together to offer evaluations, treatment, and education for the prevention of eating disorders. We can help you overcome thinking about food all day, feeling out of control when you eat, and undereating or overeating relative to your energy needs. Please contact either University Counseling Service or Student Health & Wellness to schedule your first visit. We look forward to working with you!
Kathleen Wittich, MD
Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness