At the Bowdoin College Counseling Service we are committed to the entire student: mind, body, and spirit. We believe it is important to respect each person's rights and needs. We are mindful of the fact that, just as disordered eating has multiple sources, it has a multidimensional impact on the student, with no two individuals' journeys down this path being the same. More detail about the counseling service's approach to treating disordered eating, as well as a list of available resources both on and off campus, is available here.
In providing information about eating disorders, we want to emphasize what may seem obvious: the important element in all disordered eating is the person, not the symptoms. Each person struggling with disordered eating is unique. Her life has many facets, of which her struggle with eating is only one. While lists of symptoms are a necessary part of providing education about disordered eating, it is crucial to stay focused on the most important part of the whole picture, the individual.