What Is Anorexia, Bulimia & Binge Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males. In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder.
Anorexia is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
Bulimia is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over-exercising.
Binge Eating Disorder (also known as Compulsive Overeating) is characterized primarily by periods of overeating without purging. There may be feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.
Signs & Symptoms
Binge Eating Disorder
The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is psychotherapy, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. A team approach is important in the treatment of eating disorders. A team approach includes:
Level of Care
Treatment needs of each individual will vary. The seriousness of the symptoms determines the level of care. The following treatment options may be recommended:
Outpatient Therapy includes individual, group, or family therapy. Medical monitoring and nutritional counseling are important.
Intensive Outpatient Programs meet 3 to 5 times a week and include intensive individual and group therapy and nutritional counseling
Inpatient Care is necessary when an eating disorder has led to physical problems that may be life-threatening, or when an eating disorder cannot be resolved with outpatient psychotherapy.
For more information or an appointment, call Counseling & Psychological Services
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2146
Fairfield University Eating Disorders Team
Fairfield University's Eating Disorder Treatment Coordination Team provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, and oversees the physical well-being and psychological health of students struggling with eating disorders. The team is comprised of clinicians from Counseling & Psychological Services, the Health Center, and other professionals as needed. Treatment plans are individualized for each student depending on their needs.
Should more intensive treatment be warranted, our team works to provide students with referrals to other outpatient and inpatient treatment options. Call Counseling & Psychological Services for more information at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146.
Body Image and Eating Concerns Group
A group for women who struggle with eating issues and disordered eating.
This group will help participants forge a healthier relationship with food, and live with greater self-acceptance and joy. For more information contact Counseling & Psychological Services at ext. 2146.
Additional Information on Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association
Renfrew Foundation - Inpatient Treatment (Philadelphia, Penn. and Florida) and Outpatient Treatment (Wilton, Conn.)
Something Fishy - A Pro-Recovery website
Do You or Someone You Know Have an Eating Disorder?