‘Eating disorder’ is a broad term and includes better known illnesses such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. It also includes less well known conditions such as orthorexia– obsessively eating only from a very narrow range of foods considered to be healthy.
The National Eating Disorder Association have a detailed list of conditions and signs and symptoms. These can be used a guide if you are concerned about a child or young person.
Having a school culture of healthy approaches to diet and exercise is important. Students benefit from the opportunity to discuss and reflect on body image and the pressures of social media. Learning techniques to manage the stress of adolescence can help build resilience amongst pupils.
If You Have Concerns About a Child or Young Person
If you are concerned that a young person has an eating disorder it is important that you act.
Ensure the child or young person has a named person they can talk to if needed. This should be someone they feel comfortable with.
If the young person has to take time out of school to recover - a plan of support when they return will be important too.
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