Eating Disorder Resources

EatingDisorderImageIn the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males fight a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more struggle with binge eating disorder. In addition, many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. For example, it has been shown that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Watch video.

About Eating Disorders

One of the most common misconceptions about eating disorders is that only women suffer from them. This is not true, as eating disorders are not gender specific! Both men and women may have battled eating disorders at some point in their lives. The two most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Individuals with an eating disorder may find that they exhibit features of more than one eating disorder as they are not mutually exclusive.

People who suffer from Anorexia commonly have a poor body image and feel they are overweight even though they are at a normal and healthy weight. They will often resort to self-starvation, or the act of eating as little as possible and committing themselves to rigid and excessive exercise routines in order to burn off what little calories they have had. Bulimia is a related condition, as people who suffer from Bulimia will follow up on periods of bingeing with purging (i.e. vomiting or abusing laxatives), and often hide from friends and family the fact that they are doing this. Binge-eating is, in itself, an eating disorder where an individual will eat large quantities of food in one go.

(Source: Adapted from the National Eating Disorders Association)

Seeking Help

Here at Arcadia University’s Counseling Services, staff can help you get the help you need, from providing personal support and relief to helping you find the resources you need to get further professional help and treatment.

There is an on-campus support group for people with eating concerns. If you are interested in more information, call Counseling Services at 215-572-2967, as the date and time may change.

How to Help Someone With an Eating Disorder

  • Communicate your concerns. Share your memories of specific times when you felt concerned about the person’s eating or exercise behaviors. Explain that you think these things may indicate that there could be a problem that needs professional attention.
  • Avoid conflicts or a battle of the wills. If the person refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, or any reason for you to be concerned, restate your feelings and the reasons for them and leave yourself open and available as a supportive listener.
  • Avoid placing shame, blame, or guilt on the person regarding their actions or attitudes. Do not use accusatory “you” statements like, “You just need to eat.” Or, “You are acting irresponsibly.” Instead, use “I” statements. For example: “I’m concerned about you because you refuse to eat breakfast or lunch.” Or, “It makes me afraid to hear you vomiting.”
  • Avoid giving simple solutions. For example, "If you'd just stop/eat a sandwich, then everything would be fine!"

Source: Adapted from National Eating Disorders Association  



American Anorexia and Bulimia Association Information Line


Provides information for support group meetings
 Overeaters Anonymous 215-674-4418
Provides information for local support group meetings

Local Support

Amber Counseling Association

304 Old Lancaster Road
Merion Station, PA


Belmont Center Eating Disorders Program

215-581-5489 (Denise Lensky, Director)
4200 Monument Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Inpatient and Outpatient treatment for eating disorders; primarily see women, but are accepting more men on a case by case basis

Center for Psychological Services
Eating Disorders Division

610-642-4873 (Main office)
125 Coulter Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003 

- Individualized assessment and therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Psychoeducational groups
- Family and group therapy
- Liaison with treatment team and with college personnel
- Interventions with body image problems

Friends Hospital

4641 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Inpatient and partial hospital treatment for women, men, and adolescents over 13 with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder

The Renfrew Center
(3 locations)
(for women)


475 Spring Lane (Main location)
Philadelphia, PA 19128

For satellite locations, call 1-800-RENFREW:

90 W. Afton Ave.  Suite 202
Yardley, PA 19067
735 Old Lancaster Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

- Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient treatmentprogram
- Individual, family, and group therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Body Balance - program for large women to live healthy, active lives
- Outpatient/Intensive Outpatient services


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