Many students at URI, both women and men, feel uncomfortable with the way their bodies look and try to find ways to make themselves conform more closely to stereotypes of what is currently considered attractive in our culture. In the process, people can become obsessed with their body image, and can get involved in attempts to lose weight and/or bulk up that can be harmful to their health, including eating disorders and use of dangerous substances such as steroids.
The Counseling Center offers individual counseling to help people who have questions or concerns about these issues. Each February we also co-sponsor the "Celebration of Natural Body Types," a series of events helping people to accept and enjoy their natural body types. We also co-teach a one-credit course on eating problems each fall, HDF 298 F.
If you are concerned that you might have an eating disorder, or spend too much of your time and energy worrying about your appearance, you may wish to:
If you are worried about a friend who might have an eating disorder, you can consult with one of the professionals at the Counseling Center to discuss how you might help the person.
Suicide Response and Prevention Training is now available for faculty, staff, and administrators!
More information about our groups can be found here
* Interpersonal Process Group
* Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning Women's Group
* Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
* Support for Sobriety
* Support for Students from Families with Drug or Alcohol Addiction
* Women's Therapy Group
* Working Through Anxiety Group