Healthy eating and a healthy diet are the foundation for a healthy life. Young individuals are at higher risk for developing an eating disorder in college. However, adolescents home from college now may also be at higher risk as well as an eating disorder develops when there is a need to feel control over a stressful event.
Prior to coming back home, adolescents may have been seeking help and felt supported at college with all of the resources available. Some college students may be hesitant to speak to their parents or loved ones about an eating disorder as they may feel judged. It is important that we support all healthy decisions. There is no shame in positive change.
Not being with college friends or a roommate can make it difficult for these individuals as they may feel lonely. Your diet affects your behavior, which affects your energy. Social-emotional isolation has been associated with body image dissatisfaction and/or binge eating.
Tips for those Struggling with Body Image:
- Limit mirror exposure
- Practice positive affirmations when exposed to a mirror
- Avoid comparing yourself to others
- Limit social media use
- Unfollow any triggering social media sites
- Avoid appearance shows such as cosmetic surgery shows
- Surround yourself with positive people and stay away from those who criticize you
- Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts
- Make a list of what you love about yourself
- Practice self compassion and self care
- Love yourself for who you are
If you feel that you have an eating disorder that is getting worse due to social distancing it’s best to seek support. Nutritional Therapists at Behavioral Nutrition understand how difficult this can be and are here to support you. Nutritional therapy services are available via telehealth so you can speak to a counselor from home. Behavioral Nutrition is your resource for a healthy diet, a healthy mind and a healthy life.