Stress, a full schedule of classes, perhaps a job too, stir in some late-night studying or partying, and you have the recipe for disordered eating. Add in a large measure of anxiety about weight and body image, and you may have the makings of a full-fledged eating disorder.
It's common for all of us at times to focus on eating as a way to cope with feeling blue or blah, but sometimes this can become a primary preoccupation causing feelings of depression, problems in relationships, and many health problems due to poor eating habits.
Fortunately, the university has a number of services that are here to help us put our eating back in balance. All services are free and confidential.
Here is a brief description of the services available. Please contact them for more information and to set up appointments.
THE UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER
Contact: Randi Scheiner, Ph.D.
Location: LN 1202
The Counseling Center offers both individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to address the causes and symptoms of disordered eating. Psychotherapy can help to identify the reasons that eating gets out of balance and can help a person discover alternative ways to cope. Groups are especially helpful as a way to cope. Groups are especially helpful as a way to discuss these issues with others who understand and who can be supportive. Family and friends can benefit from consulting with a therapist abut how best to respond to those they believe may have an eating disorder. Contact the Center for the schedule of groups for each semester. Individual appointments can be made by calling or dropping by the Center.
DECKER STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES CENTER
Location: Near Newing College
Nurse practitioners, physicians and a psychiatrist are available at the Decker Student Health Services Center to provide the following services related to eating disorders:
Nutritional TherapyMedication TherapyLaboratory TestingSupportive CounselingWeight Monitoring
You can call or walk in to set up an appointment at the Decker Student Health Services Center.
Contact: Alexa Schmidt, Registered Dietitian
Location: Newing Dining HallAvailable to discuss any nutritional concern or food issues. Eating healthy is a way of life that is difficult to achieve, and sometimes requires the support of others. Together we can develop an individualized plan to meet your nutritional needs and goals. The following services are available:Nutritional Counseling
Special Diet Monitoring
General Information of Health and NutritionYou can to set up an appointment with Nutrition Services.
WELLNESS OFFICE AND FITSPACE
Location: East Gym 136
Basic services provided by the Wellness Office include:
Body composition measurements
General Information on campus health and wellness services
DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
Contacts: Kimberly King, Assistant Director of Athletics
Location: West Gym
Marybeth and Nicole are the athletics department representatives for the University Eating Awareness Steering Committee. Either one can help in referring students to the proper services/people on and off campus. Marybeth maintains the disordered eating protocol for student athletes. Both are available in confidence to discuss any issues surrounding disordered eating.
THE UNIVERSITY EATING AWARENESS STEERING COMMITTEE
Contact: Randi Scheiner, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
The Eating Awareness Steering Committee includes representatives from the University Counseling Center; Decker Student Health Services Center; Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics; and Sodexo Dining Services. The committee offers educational programs, consultation, and treatment services to students and staff on our campus. It continually assesses the need for and availability of services for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders among Binghamton University students. Its primary mission is to help students maintain healthful and balanced eating habits in order to sustain their academic and personal development throughout their college years and beyond.
Last Updated: 7/11/11