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“Do I need help with my food and body concerns?”

  • Do you weigh yourself often or find yourself preoccupied with numbers on the scale?
  • Do you feel shame, disgust, or fear after eating or after eating richer foods?
  • Do you feel like your self-worth and quality of life and relationships is based on how you look or how much you weigh?
  • Do you exercise so much that you frequently feel fatigued or have frequent injuries?
  • Do you exercise more based upon your food consumption that day?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you may be dealing with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Disordered eating and eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder often arise from a variety of different factors and can severely impact every aspect of a student’s life including health, relationships, academic and athletic performance, mood, and general well-being and hopefulness.

Treating Your Food and Body Concerns

For your eating disorder treatment and recovery we recommend a coordinated treatment team consisting of a therapist, dietitian, and a primary health care provider. The Student Counseling Center offers counseling and dietetic support and utilizes SPU’s Student Health Services as a partner in our treatment program. If you would prefer to seek these services within the Seattle community, check with your insurance plan, if you have one, to determine the professionals available to you, while also viewing the SCC’s resource guide. If you are interested in a referral, please call the SCC for more information.

The Student Counseling Center also offers group support program for women and men desiring recovery in the realms of relationships and food and body issues. See our groups list for our current groups and workshops offered.

We realize that college campuses can be a challenging place to practice a healthy relationship to food and your body and it is our hope to assist you in achieving a healthier and happier lifestyle.  If you think you might have a disordered relationship to food, exercise, and/or body image, please stop by the Student Counseling Center to schedule an assessment. We have several resources listed below that may be of assistance to you as you decide your next steps towards recovery.


Treatment Team

 

"I have almost 20 enjoyable years as a dietitian and more recently a parent coach. I love working with people to improve their health, reduce stress, and to live the highest quality of life possible. I feel particularly passionate about supporting individuals having difficulty with disordered eating and body image issues and moving toward healthy life choices. One diet does not suit all and I enjoy partnering with my clients to improve their relationship with food, their body and ability to live the fullest life while reaching for their goals. I spend my down time with family traveling as much as possible and when not...dancing, biking, swimming, reading books and trying to learn more."

Kathleen Putnam, M.S., RD

Dietitian

   

"My primary goal as a therapist is to honor the wisdom each person holds within them. Through listening to your story, I hope to help you to come to know and empower yourself in a liberating way. I believe that personal growth can come from learning about patterns in our lives and acknowledging our roles in them. My work with body image concerns and eating disorders is grounded in “systems theory” methods, meaning together we will examine your emotional, physical, psychological, and social experiences to ensure we are tackling your concerns holistically."

Christina Barrows, M.S., LMFTA

Therapist

 

Internet Resources

National Eating Disorders Association www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Something Fishy www.somethingfishy.org/
Inside Beauty www.insidebeauty.org/index.php
Bulimia Resource Guide www.bulimiaguide.org/
ED Anonymous www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org/
Finding Balance www.findingbalance.com/
Gurze Books

www.gurze.com

NAMED (Men's Support)

http://namedinc.org/

The Body Positive www.thebodypositive.org/
About Face www.about-face.org/
 

Resource List

Books - Family Support
  • Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness (Margo Maine)
  • Surviving An Eating Disorder: Perspectives and Strategies for Family and Friends (Siegel, Brisman & Weinshel)
  • 101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body (Richardson & Rehr)
  • “Mom, I Feel Fat!” Becoming Your Daughter’s Ally in Developing a Healthy Body Image (Sharon Hersh)
  • How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family (Dan B. Allender)
  • Calming the Family Storm: Anger Management for Moms, Dads, and All the Kids (Maybell & McKay)
  • Secrets of Your Family Tree: Healing for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (Cloud, Townsend, Carter & Brawand)
  • Your Dieting Daughter (Carolyn Costin)
  • The Eating Disorder Sourcebook (Carolyn Costin)
Books - Recovery
  • Overcoming Overeating (Hirschmann & Munter)
  • Hunger Pains: The Modern Woman’s Tragic Quest from Thinness (Mary Pipher)
  • Beyond the Looking Glass: Daily Devotions for Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia (Ramuda Ranch)
  • The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa (Hilde Bruch)
  • Beginner’s Guide to Eating Disorder Recovery (Nancy Kolodny)
  • Reviving Ophelia (Mary Pipher)
Books - Healthy Eating
  • Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book for the Chronic Dieter (Tribole & Resch)
  • Meal by Meal: 365 Daily Meditations for Finding Balance through Mindful Eating (Donald Altman)
  • The Food and Feelings Workbook: A Full Course Meal on Emotional Health (Karen Koenig)
  • Moving Away from Diets (Kratina, King, & Hayes)
Books - Body Image and Body Acceptance
  • Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health (Glenn Gaesser)
  • When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies (Hirschmann & Munter)
Books - Male Body / Eating Issues
  • Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape & Appearance (Andersen, Cohn, & Holbrook)
  • The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys (Popes, Phillips, & Olivardia)
Books - Athletes
  • Athletic Woman’s Survival Guide (Otis & Goldingay)
  • Sport Nutrition Guidebook (Nancy Clark)
Books - Related Topics
  • Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin (Anne Katherine)
  • 12 “Christian” Beliefs that Can Drive You Crazy (Cloud and Townsend)
  • Bold Love (Dan B. Allender)
  • Codependent No More (Melody Beattie)
  • The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents (Melody Beattie)
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (Janet Woititz)
  • Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self Mutilation (Steven Levenkron)
  • Drinking: A Love Story (Caroline Knapp)
  • The Gift of Fear (Gavin De Becker)
  • The Dance of Anger (Harriet Lerner)
Books - Culture and Activism
  • Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel (Jean Kilbourne)
  • Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Power of Advertising (Jean Kilbourne)
  • Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies (Margo Maine)
  • Body Outlaws: Young Women Write about Body Image and Identity (Ophira Edut)
Books - Story Books
  • The Good Body (Eve Ensler)
  • Traveling Merices (Anne Lamott)
  • Appetites: Why Women Want (Caroline Knapp)
  • To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future (Dan B. Allender)

 

 

 

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