Parents and teachers of young people recovering from an eating disorder often find themselves in a situation where they want to offer support at mealtimes, but they don’t know how best to help. It will depend entirely on the individual and, as long as they are well enough, you should always be guided by the […]
It can be difficult to know what to say when you’re talking to someone with an eating disorder, especially if you’re discussing the eating disorder itself. Many of us fear that using the wrong words will make things worse and it’s common to shy away from saying much at all. But if you put yourself […]
If a young person chooses to talk to you about their eating disorder, it’s a real sign of trust and it demonstrates that they’re ready to be listened to. The most important thing you can do is provide them with the opportunity to talk. No one expects you to know all the answers, but simply […]
There are several reasons why it is advantageous to detect, support and treat eating disorders cases as early as possible and to help you understand them I’ll bring you back to my trusty broken leg analogy. If a pupil had a broken leg and it went unnoticed and untreated, a few things would happen: The […]
None of these warning signs on its own means that a young person has binge eating disorder but if they are exhibiting several of these signs then you are right to be concerned. Rapid weight increase / weight fluctuation Due to the vast amount of calories consumed during a binge, a binge eater will […]
Some behavioural signs can be quite hard to pick up on but some are really strong clear indicators that a young person is suffering from an eating disorder. The thing with many of these signs is that on their own they can usually be explained away, but if you see them in combination, or you’re […]
In the medical profession, we use a term ‘Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified’ (EDNOS) as a catchall for anyone who displays eating disorder like symptoms or thought patterns but who doesn’t meet the diagnostic criteria for the major disorders Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Not all eating disorders sufferers fit neatly […]
These days, dieting is so commonplace that it’s often accepted as the norm rather than the exception. So if you’re a teacher, or a parent at what point should you be concerned that your pupil or child is suffering from an eating disorder rather than just dieting along with all their peers?
If you’re worried that a pupil might be developing an eating disorder but aren’t sure what to do next, here are my tips for working out what to do.