Nutrition & Eating Concerns

Food can be a wonderful thing in our lives.  It can remind us of the comfort of home, symbolize important traditions, and serve as the rallying point for fun with friends.  It can also be a source of concern or distress, particularly as we attempt to reconcile cultural messages that urge us both to consume food mindlessly AND achieve the “perfect” body.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about nutrition and healthy eating, much of it focused on hype and high anxiety. The reality is that there is no "quick fix" when it comes to good nutrition, and no foods that are totally off-limits.. The best approach to having a healthy body is to eat a generally healthy diet, enjoy moderate physical activity, and accept your natural body type. Most importantly, remember that food and eating are supposed to be a source of pleasure. In these pages you will find sound nutritional advice based on scientific evidence, combined with content intended to support the development of a confident and individually-grounded eating style.

Any Brown student with a nutrition or eating concern is encouraged to make a free and confidential appointment with the Health Promotion dietitian.  Click here to learn how to book an appointment.

New Year's Resolutions: Keep Them Simple

Have you made a resolution to improve your eating or physical activity habits this year? Stop tracking your progress by the number on the scale, and instead, focus on making positive behavior changes that will benefit your overall health. Making one small change at a time (like replacing a lunch-time soda with a glass of milk or water) is much easier than trying to change everything about your eating style all at once. Setting realistic goals related to nutrition and activity can make resolutions more rewarding, which will encourage you to stick with it, and make lasting changes.

Obesity is not an eating disorder. It is not even a psychological disorder. But it is often mistaken for both, which is why we have something to say about it here. 

Brown University seeks to foster the intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being of students. In keeping with this goal, the University realizes the need for support and education around the topics of weight, body image, disordered eating, food preoccupation, and exercise obsession.

If you have a friend with an eating disorder, or you worry about what might be an eating disorder, you are not alone. Some estimates are that as many as 1 in 3 college women have struggled with weight, food, body image, disordered eating or an eating disorder by the time they graduate from college. Certainly, among your friends and acquaintances there are women and possibly men who have eating concerns.

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