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.
We have found that the pressures which Brown students experience can contribute to an increased emphasis on food, body image, and exercise. Brown students are faced with new living and eating situations. In a small community like ours, students often compare their eating and exercise habits to others. Unfortunately, these comparisons can lead to obsessions and unhealthy behaviors.
Eating disorders affect people emotionally, socially, and physically. Therefore, individualized treatment utilizes the expertise of a variety of clinical specialists. These professionals are available to you as a Brown student:
Physicians/Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners: for medical evaluations, irregular menses, bone health, and anemia
Psychotherapists: for counseling around stress, depression, and anxiety, and for referrals to therapists in the community
Psychiatrists: for evaluation of cognitive and emotional symptoms, and for medication recommendations
Nutritionist: for assistance in addressing barriers to healthy, normal eating and activity patterns, as well as achieving a healthy, natural body weight