The University of Texas at Austin - What Starts Here Changes The World
The University of Texas at Austin Division of Student Affairs
Navigation Menu
healthyhorns.utexas.edu

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are serious and complex diseases that affect men and women of all ages.

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder are the most common eating disorders. People with eating disorders can be underweight, normal weight, or overweight, so you cannot tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them.

Below is a simple screen* you can use to find out if you (or someone you care about) may be struggling with an eating disorder.

  1. Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  2. Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
  3. Have you recently lost more than 15 pounds in a three-month period?
  4. Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  5. Would you say that food dominates your life?

Any person answering "yes" to two or more of these five questions is quite likely to have an eating disorder.

What Should You Do?

Make an appointment today. The Mindful Eating Team consists of counselors, dietitians, and doctors who are trained to help.
To schedule an appointment with a CMHC counselor, call (512) 471-3515.
To schedule an appointment with a UHS physician, call (512) 471-4955.
To schedule an appointment with a UHS dietitian, call (512) 475-8242.

For more information, check out NEDA.

*The SCOFF test has been validated as an effective screening tool by the following studies.

  • Morgan, J.F., Lacey, J.H., & Luck, A. (2002, April). Validation of the SCOFF questionnaire for case detection of eating disorders in primary care. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Boston, MA.
  • Perry, L., Morgan, J., Reid, F., Brunton, J., O'Brien, A., Luck, A., and Lacey, H. (2002). Screening for symptoms of eating disorders: Reliability of the SCOFF Screening Tool with written compared to oral deliver. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32, 466-472.
downloadGaining Weight Handout (PDF)
downloadLosing Weight Handout (PDF)