CAPS at Rutgers is well equipped to help you in planning for both campus and community supportive services that may be helpful to you. Call our office at 848-932-7884 to make an appointment to discuss this with a CAPS staff member.

Eating issues and body image questions go hand-in-hand across a continuum:

Thinking about where you fall in the continuum can help you to decide whether you may need some help to sort out your thinking or have support in making changes to your thoughts or behaviors.

Click here for a more comprehensive continuum chart.

This listing of eating disorder symptoms can help you to recognize if you have a problem.

Eating disorder symptoms - recognizing if you have a problem:

  • Are you preoccupied or worry about food/eating, weight, body size, or exercise?

  • Are you spending a large portion of your waking hours thinking about or doing things related to eating or your weight?

  • Do you get anxious or upset when you do not eat or exercise in a way that you think you should?

  • Does the time and mental energy you expend on thoughts of food and exercise distract your attention from schoolwork, relationships, and enjoyable activities?

  • Do you often feel ashamed or guilty about your body, eating, or exercise choices?

  • Do you feel depressed, anxious, have low self-esteem, experience mood swings, especially associated with how you are feeling about your eating and body image?

  • Do you withdraw from people and social situations that involve food and eating?

  • Are you secretive about your eating and exercise behaviors?

  • Are you more obsessive, more compulsive or more rigid about your eating and weight behaviors?

  • Do you significantly restrict what you consume? Alternatively, are you unable to control how much you eat?

  • Do you weigh yourself often or spend a lot of time critically looking at yourself in the mirror?

  • Have you experienced significant weight fluctuations, or are you thin but still losing weight?

  • Are you feeling weak, fatigued, or not tolerating exercise/sports as usual?

  • Are you more prone to dizziness and fainting?

  • Do you have constipation (or diarrhea if you are using laxatives)?

  • If you are a woman, have you stopped menstruating or have your periods gotten irregular?