About Eating Concerns

About Eating Concerns

Eating concerns education and counseling is available to UNH students who have paid their health fee at Health Services and the Counseling Center.

What is an eating concern?

  • Distorted or dysfunctional eating that does not fit the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder.
  • Examples include irregular or chaotic eating, fasting, bingeing, dieting, emotional eating, feeling remorse or guilt after eating, preoccupation with food and weight, over exercising.
  • Eating is often dictated by externally-connected cues such as counting calories instead of normal controls of hunger and satiety.

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder meets mental health diagnostic criteria and includes the following:

  • Anorexia nervosa
    Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
  • Bulimia nervosa
    Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
  • Binge eating disorder 
    Binge eating disorder is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified and is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.

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