Eating Disorders

Eating disorders include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.  Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences.

Specific Disorders

Other Eating Disorders

These can include some combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder.  While these behaviors may not be clinically considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally draining.  All eating disorders require professional help.

How to Help a Friend

If you're worried about a friend's eating patterns, you can help by taking the following steps:

  • Discuss your concerns with a professional. A member of the staff at the Health Services or the Counseling Services can give you valuable information about eating disorders and can help you evaluate the situation and what will be most helpful for your friend. They can also help "coach" you as how to approach and talk to your friend about your concerns.
  • Talk to your friend. Talk with him/her in a private setting and be respectful and compassionate. Be specific and concrete about what behaviors are of concern to you. Focus on your concerns about your friend's health, not weight or appearance. If your friend is able to acknowledge there is a problem, suggest some resources.
  • Realize your friend may deny that he/she has a problem. It is still important for him/her to hear your concerns.
  • Don't try to control your friend's eating by bringing him/her food, badgering him/her to eat, or ridiculing him/her. This will only damage your friendship.
Remember that you are not responsible for curing your friend's problem with food.


1.Counseling Services
Centeno House, 802.443.5141

Evaluation and individual counseling is available to all students free of cost. Also, supportive counseling is available to students who are friends or loved ones of a person with an eating disorder.

2. Health Services
Centeno House, 802.443.5135

Health Services is staffed by medical personnel who are available to provide evaluations and medical treatment.

3. Sports Medicine Department,
Memorial Field House, 802.443.5259

The services of the Sports Medicine Department are available to all intercollegiate athletes and members of the crew and rugby club teams by appointment from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. when school is in session. The personnel from the Sports Medicine Department are available to provide assessment and treatment of sports related injuries for these student athletes. Students who do not meet these guidelines are encouraged to contact the Health Services.

4. Support Group, Food, Eating and Body Image Concerns
A community support group open to students. For more information, call 802.443.5141.

5. Private Practitioners
For those interested in working with a private counselor, psychotherapist, mental health counselor, psychologist, social worker or psychiatrist, several options exist in the Middlebury area. Call 802.443.5141 for more information and/or a referral. Fees for private practitioners vary.

6. Overeaters Anonymous
A 12-step, self help group which meets in Middlebury. Call 802.443.5141 for more information.

Source: National Eating Disorders Association