Body Image and Eating Disorders

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder — including anorexia or bulimia — we have an Eating Disorders Team that can offer the counseling, medical care and nutritional support you need.

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About Eating Disorders

An eating disorder affects people both physically and emotionally. Students who have an eating disorder may have extreme feelings about their weight, as well as extreme behaviors involving food. To learn more about eating disorders, please visit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website.

Individual and Group Counseling

Counselors provide short-term individual and long-term group therapy aimed at helping students reduce symptoms, understand the psychology of eating disorders, increase their ability to express emotions, and learn to define themselves in ways other than body size and food intake.

Meet With a Dietitian for Nutrition Counseling

Meet with UB’s registered dietitian to assess your current eating lifestyle and get individualized support for balanced eating habits. A registered dietitian provides education and individualized intervention through a collaborative relationship, and can offer individual nutrition counseling based on your diet and goals. We offer guidance on a range of topics including weight management, allergies and sensitivities, and other eating-related medical questions and concerns.

Get a Nutritional Assessment

Step 1. Complete the Food Record Form for Nutritional Assessments (Optional)

If you’re scheduling a nutritional assessment because you want to lose weight or achieve other wellness-related goals, please fill out the food record form and bring it to your meeting. Try to record everything you eat or drink immediately after you consume it. It is essential that you record three typical days, not just “good” days. The more detailed and honest you are, the more accurate your analysis may be. Food records are helpful but are not required; if you feel uncomfortable doing them or simply choose not to complete them, that’s OK.

Step 2. Make an Appointment for a Nutritional Assessment

Contact Wellness Education Services to schedule an appointment with the dietitian.

Medical Care

Healthcare providers evaluate, monitor and educate students with disordered eating. They work closely with the mental health and nutrition experts on campus to support recovery.

Need Help?

Someone to talk to for mental health issues

Counseling Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Primary, non-emergency medical care

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Preventative health and wellness education

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Additional Resources

Disclaimer

This information is designed to provide self-help resources for mental health. This website is not psychotherapy treatment. If you have questions, need help or just want someone to talk with, please contact Counseling Services.