Nutrition Therapy for Teens and College Students

Nutrition Therapy And Body Image Support For Teens

Teens and College Students are at an increased risk for disordered eating and rates of eating disorders are on the rise. Maybe you’ve reached out for support in the past and didn’t find a good fit. Or maybe last time treatment wasn’t your choice, and now you’re feeling ready to stop suffering in secret and take back your brain space and energy from disordered eating.

At The Wellful, we are committed to providing individualized nutrition therapy for teens and college students. In fact, teens and college students make up about half of the clients we work with.

Nutrition Therapy And Body Image Support For Teens

Does your teen express distress in their body? Do they express desire or engage in behaviors to change their body size? Have you been met with defensiveness when you have brought up adding in some support for them around food or body? Do you feel unsure of what type of support they need or what your role should be in their recovery? For growing adolescents and teens, the importance of nutrition and early intervention for disordered eating cannot be overstated.

If your teen is showing signs of disordered eating or an eating disorder, it is crucial to set up support as quickly as you are able. Eating disorders rarely go away on their own, but they can get worse. Take a breath, know that whether you are reaching out on behalf of your teen, or yourself – you’re making a life-changing and life-saving choice to get support and heal.

Risk Factors For Disordered Eating Include

  • Perfectionism
  • Weight Stigma
  • Bullying or teasing
  • Dieting
  • Participation in image or weight-focused extracurriculars (like dance, gymnastics, rowing, running or theater)

Signs Of Disordered Eating Or Body Image Concerns In Teens

How Our Registered Dietitian Can Help

Our dedicated registered dietitian is your partner in ensuring that your teen receives personalized, compassionate and evidence-based care to support them in healing and getting back to their healthy selves.

Nutrition Therapy And Body Image Support For College Students

Has your ‘healthy eating’ or interest in nutrition taken on a life of its own? Has what was once a new movement routine evolved into a compulsory activity? Do things on the outside seem ‘perfect’ – grades, sports, extracurriculars – but on the inside you’re feeling exhausted trying to keep it all together or even ‘fake it til you make it’? Does perfectionism or ‘being the best’ play a role in your food choices, exercise or body image? Do you feel anxiety or fear about gaining ‘the freshman 15’ (which btw was just a catchy phrase totally made up by Seventeen magazine in the 90s!)? Do changes in your body make it hard for you to engage in social events?

At The Wellful, we love working with college students. We understand that being a college student presents specific challenges – demanding schedules, new experiences, newfound independence, major social changes, social isolation, anxiety and body image pressures. College is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming time. That’s why we specialize in providing individualized nutrition therapy tailored specifically to college students. We’d be excited to support your recovery and well-being during these pivotal years.

Here’s how The Wellful can make a difference:

Personalized Nutritional Assessment

We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. Our dietitian works closely with each client, taking into account their specific dietary needs, activity level and preferences. This personalized approach ensures that teens and college students receive guidance that is practical, achievable, and sustainable for developing life-long skills to support healing and recovery.

Balancing Busy Schedules and Nutrition

We recognize the challenges of balancing academics, extracurriculars, family commitments while prioritizing recovery. To accommodate busy schedules of teens and college students, we offer evening, midday and limited weekend (by request) appointments. All of our care is virtual so you can have your session in your dorm, in your room, or another comfortable space.

Body Image Support

We understand how puberty, body changes, bullying, social media and social pressures as a teen impact confidence, self-esteem, and body image. We meet clients where they are to provide a safe, supportive environment where they can feel seen, supported and take steps toward a healthy, sustainable relationship with their body and recovery.

A Team Approach

We will coordinate multidisciplinary care with your therapist, medical team, sports coach, etc. If you need referrals, we are happy to help connect you with a team that supports you and your recovery.

At The Wellful, we are passionate about supporting teens and college students through recovery. Our nutrition therapy and body image services are an investment in the present and future health and well-being of yourself, or your loved ones. For more information about our nutrition therapy and body image counseling for teens and college students, schedule a free 15-minute discovery call with Brenna today.

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