Eating and body image concerns are common problems on college campuses. In fact, disliking the way we look or engaging in disordered eating can be so common that many people do not see it as a problem. Concerns around food and body can range from body dissatisfaction to disordered eating to an actual eating disorder. These concerns can affect self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, mood, and academic success. Several departments within the FAU Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management have come together to create programs to help students struggling with these issues. Below is a list of services.
Who it is for: Students seen by ECTT struggle with a variety of concerns around food and body, which may include chronic dieting or restricting food, binge eating, purging (by vomiting, using laxatives/diet pills, over-exercising), cycles of restricting/chronic dieting and binge eating, feeling consumed by thoughts of food or body, or fears of weight gain or body dissatisfaction that is getting in the way of you doing the things you want to do. Students with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder may also appropriate for the ECTT.
What it is: Students are assessed for the team and recommendations for treatment are made depending on individual student needs. Recommended treatment components might include individual therapy or group therapy at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), physical health monitoring at Student Health Services (SHS), and meetings with FAU's Registered Dietitian. Members of the ECTT collaborate and work together to help you work towards your goals.
If interested: Contact CAPS at 561-297-3540 and schedule an appointment for an Eating Concerns Consultation.
Who it is for: Students who struggle with disordered eating and body image that may include chronic dieting or restricting food, binge eating, purging, cycles of restricting/chronic dieting and binge eating, feeling consumed by thoughts of food or body, or fear of weight gain or body dissatisfaction that is getting in the way of you doing the things you want to do.
What it is: A small therapy group that meets on Thursdays from 3:30-5 at CAPS. The group brings together women and men to explore issues around food, dieting, weight, body image, and self-esteem. This group will help you to experience self and body in a new way.
If interested: Contact CAPS at 561-297-3540 and schedule an Initial Appointment.
Who it is for: Students who struggle with weight and overeating and who wish to find balance with food and body
What it is: Healthier U is a healthy lifestyle program run by staff at CAPS, SHS, Owls Care, Campus Recreation, and a Registered Dietitian. Students who are in the program receive nutrition consultations, movement consultations, a physical health screening and medical monitoring, a weekly support group, optional therapy. The program is designed to provide students with support as they work towards developing a mindful approach to food and body. Visit our website to learn more http://www.fau.edu/owlscare/healthieru/
If interested: Call and make an appointment for a Healthier U Consultation with Kristina Bergman, RD at SHS at 561-297-1048.
Who it is for: Open to all women, regardless of concern around food and body.
What it is: An online research study that consists of a brief survey and possibly an 8-10 week program to improve general fitness, eating habits, and self-esteem.
If Interested: Log on to hbi.golantern.com and click on the Florida Atlantic University link.
Who it is for and What it is: Students who have concerns about food choices, who may wish to lose some weight without significant body dissatisfaction or obsessive thoughts around food, or students who would like education on food or to learn more about nutrition and making lifestyle changes.