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Here are the resources we found for Eating Disorders Awareness Week for parents and families:
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4 Things not to Say to a Recovering Anorexic
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores four things to avoid saying to someone who is recovering from anorexia or any other eating disorder, she explains why you should avoid saying these things and explores more helpful approaches.
Harriet has lead this Fixers project to raise awareness and challenge stereotypes about eating disorders after suffering from anorexia. This video shares the things young people with eating disorders have heard from other people. This video shares the reality of having an eating disorder.
Warning Signs & Symptoms of an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders, such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, and anorexia, are serious illnesses that involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours surrounding food, exercise, and body image. This video outlines the basic warning signs and symptoms and will hopefully give you an idea of what to look out for.
How to Help a Loved One
This video helps loved ones know how to help someone with an eating disorder. Navigating the process of helping a loved one on the path to eating disorder recovery can be a challenge but you are not alone. This video is for anyone who is helping a friend or family member overcome the struggling with an eating disorder.
Beat: The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity
Beat is the UK’s largest eating disorder charity focusing on beating eating disorders. The website offers information about eating disorders, support services and ways to get involved within the charity work of beat. The website also has information for professionals who may be interested in gaining knowledge on eating disorders.
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
Anorexia and Bulimia Care aims to work for the relief of those suffering from eating disorders, encourage and assist others to care for sufferers, to educate and train those caring for sufferers as well as carrying out preventative education, and to promote research into eating disorders.
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(Featured resource)This single page summary from Black Country Minds is an introduction to eating disorders, and includes a simple questionnaire (the SCOFF questionnaire) that can support in identifying if a young person might have an issue. It includes simple, helpful advice and links out to a few additional resources, including video clips, and to organisations who may be able to support.
This webpage from Beat contains three sections to help you understand what anorexia is. The first section contains information on what anorexia is, this is followed by a section on whether anorexia is serious, and finally this webpage ends on a section about what it is like to have anorexia.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is a serious mental illness where people experience a loss of control and eat large quantities of food on a regular basis. This webpage from Beat explains what binge eating disorder is and gives the experiences of other people who have suffered with binge eating disorder.
Bulimia is a serious mental illness that is characterised by someone eating a large quantity of food, then trying to compensate for that overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or exercising excessively. This webpage from Beat includes information on what bulimia is, what causes bulimia and what it is like to have bulimia.
Anorexia: in conversation with Zoë at The Nightingale Centre
In the latest episode of the 4YP podcast, Richard speaks to Zoë, a Year 11 student who attends The Nightingale Centre. In the podcast, Zoë speaks with great honesty about her experiences as a sufferer with the eating disorder, anorexia.