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How to Help Someone With Eating and Body Image Issues: Pamphlet

At any given time, 10 to 35 percent of college students—the majority female—engage in behaviors such as restricting food, binging, vomiting, over-exercising or obsessing about body image. For many of them, such behaviors are due to concerns about how they look; some use these behaviors to cope with difficult feelings or circumstances in their lives. Obsessing about food, diet, and body image can take over a person's life, restrict activities, and harm health. Despite these negative consequences, focusing on food and body image may offer a zone of safety and control as well as a sense of meaningful direction, making it difficult to let go of the behaviors.

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Last Updated: 4/29/10