Why is college the perfect breeding ground for the development of an eating disorder?

There are a plethora of wonderful aspects of being a college student. For me, I wasn’t always aware of them at the time, but hindsight seems to show a different picture. Did you know, the transition to college is also a time where we see a spike in regards to the onset of eating disorders for young women and men?

So yes, while there are many aspects to college, such as new friendships, increased amounts of freedom, new environments and fun, there are also many triggering factors for the development of an eating disorder.

One of the biggest triggers for the onset or resurfacing of an eating disorder is transition and college can be a tough transition for many young adults. EVERYTHING is new so it’s no wonder college students turn to their eating disorders as a coping mechanisms during this time. Many young women and men feel like it’s the only constant thing in their lives at this time. Change is challenging to many of us and while it can be exciting and new, it also requires letting go and adjusting to a different way of life. This is rarely talked about it, and I know how hard it can be to feel alone in your struggles. But here’s the thing- YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  In addition to change, college also can be a time of heightened stress in regards to friendships, school work, comparison and trying to do it all perfectly.

This article is a great read to get some real life tips from college students or recent grads who have all had to deal with the difficulties college can bring for someone who struggles with an eating disorder.

Please remember- eating disorders thrive in the dark, and help is available!


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