Putting College on Hold to Receive Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder?

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

The decision to go to college is one that typically involves years of thought and preparation. If you have been considering college, you have likely put in a significant amount of time in researching programs, gathering admission materials, fulfilling prerequisites, and more.

Attending college and completing a degree will help open countless doors for job opportunities and career advancements and is a positive decision for many individuals.

What if you are struggling with binge eating disorder and also have the opportunity to begin your college career? Gaining acceptance into a college is no easy feat, and taking the step to begin college would seem like the natural and easy decision, considering the time and preparation that went into this process.

However, dealing with a mental illness such as binge eating disorder can seriously compromise your ability to be successful as a college student and present many more unexpected challenges.

Starting College With BED

There are often many misunderstandings associated with binge eating disorder, where individuals may assume that they might just have an issue with overindulging or an overall lack of self-control. The reality is that binge eating disorder is in fact a mental illness in which the issues presented involve much more than meets the eye.

young woman enjoying riding bike outdoorsOn the surface, binge eating disorder seems like something that just has to do with food, but this mental illness often involves many more complex issues and factors. While it may seem easier to try to live life as normally as possible rather than face the disorder head-on, trying to manage the symptoms of binge eating disorder rather than deal with the root causes can complicate the disease.

With the excitement that comes with going to college, it can be easy to temporarily put your struggles with binge eating on the back burner. If you have been dealing with binge eating disorder, consider working with an eating disorder professional to help assess what type of treatment may be necessary for you at this point.

Postponing college for treatment may be a difficult decision to make, but in the long run, you will be taking important steps that will help you to truly thrive in life.

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Crystal Karges

Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.


The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on November 3, 2015
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com

About Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Jacquelyn Ekern founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005, driven by a profound desire to help those struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. This passion resulted from her battle with, and recovery from, an eating disorder. As president, Jacquelyn manages Ekern Enterprises, Inc. and the Eating Disorder Hope website.