5 Tips for College Students Suffering from Anorexia

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  • If you are a college student who is currently suffering from an eating disorder, you should know that you are not alone, even though it might feel that way sometimes.

    A whopping 20 percent of college students either have or have had an eating disorder. Luckily, there is help out there.

    These are a few tips that may be able to help you.

    1. Seek Therapy

    This is not something that you have to deal with all on your own. If you work with a mental health professional, you can have someone on your side who can help you deal with any inner issues and who can help you move forward.

    2. Look for a Local Support Group

    As mentioned above, many college students suffer from anorexia and other eating disorders. You may find that there are support groups within your school or elsewhere in your community that can allow you to meet others who are experiencing the same thing that you are going through.

    3. Seek Support Online

    There are a lot of online resources that can help you if you are suffering from anorexia. You may be able to find an online support group, for example. In some cases, this can be more comfortable than talking to people who go to your school or who are otherwise in your community, since it does carry some sense of anonymity.

    4. Stay Busy with Healthy Activities

    If you stay busy, you can have less time to stress out and obsess about your eating disorder and your weight. Choosing to participate in charity work, joining a club or sports team or otherwise focusing on positive activities can help you stay busy, happy and healthy. It can also help you build your support system during this difficult time in your life.

    5. Focus on a Healthy Diet

    Eating a healthy diet can be difficult when you have an eating disorder. It can be easy to feel "triggered" by certain unhealthy foods, but focusing on eating healthy foods can become an obsession as well. Working with a dietitian who has experience in working with others who have eating disorders can be a good way to learn more about eating properly.

    As you can see, if you are a college student who is suffering from anorexia, there are options for getting help. If you follow these tips, you might find that it’s easier than you think to deal with this difficult issue.

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