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To schedule an appointment with one of the RCC Counselors, please email [email protected]
or call 541-956-7443.

Once you've made the appointment, you will need to complete our required New Client Forms prior to your appointment time.

Please note that the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the College is open (please refer to the Academic Calendar for RCC closures).

Eating and Body Image

Eating issues includes eating disorders as well as ways of eating, or not eating, that causes someone distress or overtakes their life. This can look like over exercising, binge eating, using laxatives or purging after eating, emotional eating, refusing to eat, eating only a few foods, eliminating entire categories of food, obsessing over food, inability to eat while in the presence of other people, rituals around food, and avoiding social situations which interfere with a food regime or is too “tempting” to eat eliminated foods (National Eating Disorders Association, 2020). Eating disorders are not a choice, they are serious conditions which require treatment. Full recovery is possible and early intervention is crucial.

College can be a time of transition and significant change in a person’s life, which can increase the risk of experiencing eating issues.  In addition to the stress of change, people in college may also experience preoccupation with body image, societal messages of an “ideal” body, as well as bonding with others over our own perceived physical flaws. Athletes in college are also at an increased risk of experiencing eating disorders, one study found that 35% of female and 10% of male college athletes were at risk for anorexia nervosa; 58% of female and 38% of male college athletes were at risk for bulimia nervosa; and among female college athletes surveyed, 25.5% had subclinical eating disorder symptoms (National Eating Disorders Association, 2020).

All types of people experience eating issues and no one can tell by looking at another person if they have an eating issue.  Transgender individuals experience eating disorders at higher rates than cisgender individuals.  People of color are less likely to receive treatment for an eating disorder, despite meeting diagnostic criteria.  Half of those who experience an eating disorder also abuse alcohol and/or drugs.  Individuals who have a mobility-related disability may experience more dissatisfaction, dissociation, or sensitivity regarding their body size (National Eating Disorders Association, 2020). Eating issues effect everyone. 

Eating issues, even when they do not rise to the level of an eating disorder, can cause significant health complications and we encourage you to speak to your medical doctor as well as a counselor who has specialized training in eating issues.

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To schedule an appointment with one of the RCC Counselors, please email [email protected]
or call 541-956-7443.

Once you've made the appointment, you will need to complete our required New Client Forms prior to your appointment time.

Please note that the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the College is open (please refer to the Academic Calendar for RCC closures).