Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) was established to provide employees and their families with opportunities to obtain assistance for a variety of personal problems which may affect their continued functioning as productive members of the University community or society at large. The EAP is a referral service with professionally certified employee assistance providers who are experienced in a wide range of issues including relationship, conflict, family concerns, and alcohol or drug dependence.
Disordered eating falls on a spectrum and can include occasional bouts of unhealthy dieting to extreme patterns of excessive food restriction, binging and/or purging. Eating disorders are a persistent pattern which can put one’s medical and physical well-being at risk and interfere with the ability to engage in daily responsibilities. Disordered eating can be accompanied by body image distortions which interfere with the ability to view one’s body realistically. Early intervention is key to recovering from an eating disorder!
Different Types of Eating Disorders
Anorexia nervosa. This is characterized by weight loss often due to excessive dieting and exercise, sometimes to the point of starvation. People with anorexia feel they can never be thin enough and continue to see themselves as “fat” despite extreme weight loss.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). This condition is characterized by eating very little and/or avoiding certain foods. It usually begins in childhood. People with ARFID may avoid certain foods because of their texture or odor.
Bulimia nervosa. The condition is marked by cycles of extreme overeating, known as bingeing, followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for the overeating. It is also associated with feelings of loss of control about eating.
Binge eating disorder. This is characterized by regular episodes of extreme overeating and feelings of loss of control about eating.