Disordered Eating Services

Many students find that they struggle with their relationship with their body and food during their college experience. For some these experiences may be new; for some this may be something that they have carried for a while. At Student Counseling Services (SCS) we offer a variety of services to help students with disordered eating and body image concerns.


Eating Disorder Assessment and Therapy

SCS offers an opportunity for students to explore their relationship with body and food through a variety of services which include formal assessment, individual counseling, and group therapy (described below). To learn more about assessment and therapy options, and to see if it would be a good fit, please call SCS at 515-294-5056 during business hours to schedule an initial appointment.

Eating Disorder Assessment

Some students who are experiencing food and body concerns may benefit from completing an Eating Disorder Assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to better understand a student’s eating behaviors, provide information regarding disordered eating, and support treatment recommendations and referrals.

Individual Therapy

Student Counseling Services offers individual counseling sessions that focus on food and body concerns. SCS uses a brief therapy model and sessions are typically scheduled every other week.

Group Therapy: Mood, Food & You

The Mood, Food, & You group is a combination of support, skill, experiential activities, and process for any person with body image, disordered eating, or eating disorder concerns.

Who is a good fit for this group?

  • Those whose mood shifts regarding food/activity or body image.
  • Those who are struggling in their relationship with food, activity, or body image.
  • Those who think about food/activity/body image in negative ways, or in ways which distract them from other tasks/people.
  • Those who are working toward a more accepting, balanced relationship with food/mood/body image.

General info about Group:

  • This is a weekly service at SCS; sessions are 90 minutes in length.
  • There can be up to 8 co-ed participants involved.
  • The group is a closed group, meaning the same people would attend each group session.
  • As a group we will discuss confidentiality and what that means for us as a group.
  • We will have specific guidelines regarding items which could be triggering to other members.
  • Each session will begin with a “check in”- each member will share a bullet point update regarding their week/update group on any topic from the last week and state if they could use time this week to discuss a particular item. (I had a hard week and could use time. I had a great week and would love to share. I could talk, but it can also wait.)

To learn more about this group, and to see if it would be a good fit, please call SCS at 515-284-5056 during business hours to schedule an initial appointment.

Additional Services at Iowa State

As a part of the Student Health and Wellness unit, we partner with Thielen Student Health Center and Student Wellness to support your holistic wellbeing. We help students connect with ISU Dietetic services. In addition to 1:1 nutrition counseling, the dietitians can also enroll students in the self-guided Joyful Eating courses on Canvas. Currently, there are 5 topics available: Meal Planning, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Health at Every Size, Diabetes & Intuitive Eating, and Joyful Eating

How do students connect to an Iowa State dietitian? 

  • Students can complete a dietary intake form to get the process started at cyclonehealth.org.
  • There’s a tile toward the bottom that says Nutrition Counseling Intake Form. Completing the form is the quickest way to get connected to nutrition services.


Additional Resources

Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI)

To prevent eating disorders and to serve as a catalyst of hope, acceptance, understanding, and healing for all impacted by eating disorders.



National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

Programs and Services

Whether you have been personally affected by an eating disorder or care about someone who has, NEDA’s programs and services are designed to help you find the help and support you need. Recovery is possible and we’re here to support you!

Find out more about NEDA’s programs and services:

Get Screened for an Eating Disorder

Contact the Helpline

Find Treatment

Support Groups & Research Studies

NEDA Walks

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Legislative Advocacy

The Body Project

Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Training


Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC)

The EDC advances the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority throughout the United States.


With focused attention on educating and working with Congress, we can effectively influence federal policy. Our specific goals are to:

  • Raise awareness among policy makers and the public at large about the serious health risks posed by eating disorders
  • Promote federal support for improved access to care
  • Increase resources for education, prevention, and improved training
  • Increase funding and support for scientific research on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders
  • Promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children
  • Mobilize concerned citizens to advocate on behalf of people with eating disorders, their families, and professionals in the field



International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

AED’s Advocacy Efforts. AED works hand-in-hand with many eating disorders organizations throughout the world to help shape policies affecting the eating disorders community, raise awareness, and provide information on scientifically-proven prevention and treatment options.


The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) is the original non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders (since 1976). ANAD focuses on prevention, education and helping those who are struggling to find treatment and support. ANAD has a helpline, school outreach programs, national awareness events, online discussion forums, prevention programs, and support groups across the nation.



Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)

As a non-profit organization with an international membership committed to the practice of the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Principles, ASDAH envisions a world that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, in which body weight is no longer a source of discrimination and where oppressed communities have equal access to the resources and practices that support health and well being.  We provide ongoing opportunities for development, including educational resources, vetted referral opportunities, and an extensive network of like-minded advocates and professionals.


Health At Every Size (HAES)

Health at Every Size principles help us advance social justice, create an inclusive and respectful community and support people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves. 

The Health at Every Size paradigm includes the following basic components:


  • Celebrates body diversity;
  • Honors differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, and other human attributes.

Critical Awareness

  • Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions;
  • Values body knowledge and people’s lived experiences.

Compassionate Self-care

  • Finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active;
  • Eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, while respecting the social conditions that frame eating options.



Ellen Satter Institute

Our philosophy

  • We believe eating can and should be joyful.
  • We believe that bodies are designed to know how much to eat and grow accordingly.
  • We believe that meals provide the foundation for this trust, whether dining by oneself or in a group of twenty.
  • We believe that understanding and supporting positive feeding and eating relationships is the key for avoiding feeding eating struggles.
  • We believe that people are healthier in all ways when they eat and feed with practicality, trust and enjoyment