Disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders are not a choice. They develop due to a combination of an individual’s genetics, social environment, psychological health, experiences of oppression, and more. Someone doesn’t have to be diagnosed with an eating disorder to deserve the space to talk about how disordered thoughts and behaviors may be impacting them.
Some signs someone might be struggling with their relationship with food and body:
- Preoccupation or rumination on thoughts of food, your body, your size, exercise, calories, macronutrients, muscle-building, dieting, or other related areas.
- In general, behaviors and attitudes that indicate that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming the most important part of your life.
- Restriction of when you eat, amount you eat, type of food you eat, etc.
- Difficult consuming foods for a variety of reasons
- Frequently consuming large amounts of food to the point where you feel uncomfortable or “out of control”
- Having rigid rules around your food and body
- Compensatory behaviors such as purging, compulsive exercise, the use of laxatives, or other measures to change body size or to compensate for food intake.
- Chronic dieting or intentional fluctuations in weight or size.
SSAC can assist with:
- Non-judgmental guidance in examining your relationship with food and body
- Support navigating resources both on and off campus. This support includes finding treatment teams, therapists, dietitians, health providers, group programs, and other helpful resources.
- Support around the implications of weight discrimination and fat-phobia.
- Talking about concerns you have for a loved one or another Mason student around their relationship with food and body and how to stay supportive while also honoring your limitations.
- Training and education around the impacts of diet culture, weight discrimination, fat liberation, and disordered eating.
- Connecting you to a recovery community (Patriots for Recovery) to engage in healing and recovery with the support of staff and peers.
- SSAC is a non-clinical supportive resource and therefore does not provide diagnosis, therapy, or nutritional guidance. However, SSAC is happy to assist you in finding the right resources for you for those services.
Whether you are just noticing a concern with your relationship with food and your body, you are contemplating making a change, you have experienced weight discrimination, or you are in recovery, SSAC can be a resource to help you find the support that would be most helpful for you.
In addition, an Eating and Body Concerns Support Group is held on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 pm. To learn about that group and other group options, visit: (Link to support tab)
Other disordered eating recovery and support meetings:
- Alliance for Eating Disorders: https://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/eating-disorder-support-groups-and-programs/#locations
- Alsana Free Online Eating Disorder Support Group: https://www.alsana.com/free-online-support-group/
- ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders) Free Recovery Groups: https://anad.org/get-help/about-our-support-groups/
- Center for Discovery Free Support Groups: https://centerfordiscovery.com/groups/
- FEDUP (Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations): FEDUP – Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations
- Meal Support by Dr. Jennie Wang-Hall: https://www.instagram.com/dr.jenniewh/?hl=en
- Morningside Chats Free Weekend Eating Disorder Support: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13Z4t9grcGH-w2sJ14zJLiN1k7B6qDY0R/view
- Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness Center Loved One and Family Support: https://prosperityedwell.com/
*These are recovery spaces that are organized by outside organizations and therefore we do not control the membership or content of these meetings. If you visit a meeting and it is not right for you, we are happy to take that feedback. We would also love to help you to find a space that feels more appropriate and supportive for your needs.