Parents Guide to Eating Disorders in College


Finding Help

College campuses are required by law to provide basic mental health services.

  • College counseling centers: College counseling services are usually included in tuition and can be very good. They can also provide referrals for more specialized care if necessary. Some schools may also have active, student-run eating disorders support groups or other helpful programs.
  • Outside professionals: While campus services can be very useful, eating disorders often require more serious treatment than college counseling centers can provide.
  • College administrative services: Some students may need to take some time off to focus on treatment. If this is the case, parents and students can work with the college to discuss best options.