Resources for Students With Eating Disorders

Many college students have an eating disorder or know someone who does. Use these resources to get support, help others, or find treatment.

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Updated March 30, 2022

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Resources for Students With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a common mental health condition among college students. A 2020 study found that up to 17% of female college students and 4% of male college students in the U.S. have symptoms of an eating disorder.

Many young students find college and the transition to adulthood stressful. Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, as well as familial and genetic factors, can increase the risk of developing an eating disorder.

If you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, it's important that you get the proper treatment and begin building a support network. Below, we've compiled a list of resources for those seeking care, support, and opportunities to help others.

Eating Disorder Helplines and Chat Services

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

    If you're experiencing a crisis situation and need support for an eating disorder or other mental health condition, this free, 24/7 hotline will immediately connect you with a trained volunteer.

  • NEDA Helpline: Call or Text 800-931-2237

    NEDA is home to several services through text, phone, and instant chat for people with eating disorders and those seeking more information about eating disorders and treatment.

  • ANAD Eating Disorders Helpline: Call 1-888-375-7767

    ANAD's toll-free hotline aims to assist people who may have an eating disorder, those who think someone they know may have an eating disorder, and those needing treatment referrals and general support.

Nonprofits and Organizations Specializing in Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Support Groups and Treatment Finders

  • Binge Eating Hope

    People with binge eating disorder and related disorders can join this site's online community to get free access to lessons on recovery and peer support.

  • Eating Disorder Hope

    Founded in 2005, EDH provides educational resources, recovery tools, featured programs, and information on eating disorder treatment centers.

  • Eating Disorders Anonymous

    People who have an eating disorder or need help supporting someone else can join EDA to get free confidential peer support and access to meetings over Zoom, chat, and phone.


    This confidential search tool lets you browse eating disorder treatment and therapy options using an interactive map.

  • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

    Taking inspiration from the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, FA offers both online and community-based support services for people with food addiction, bulimia, and other eating disorders.

  • Overeaters Anonymous

    OA is a nonprofit geared toward helping people address compulsive eating habits and related eating disorders. It offers many resources, including a tool for finding meetings and support groups.

Resources for Supporting People With Eating Disorders

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