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Here are the resources we found for Eating Disorders Awareness Week for professionals:
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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.
Eating disorders are not a one size fits all disorder. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, ethnicity, gender identities and sexualities. Unfortunately that diversity is a rarely reflected in the way eating disorders are discussed and treated. This video highlights the gaps in treatment provision and suggests some ways for treatment to be opened up to everyone.
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.
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.
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder
Anroexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are diagnosed according to a list of expected behavioural, psychological, and physical symptoms. Sometimes a person’s symptoms don’t exactly fit the expected symptoms for any of these specific eating disorders. In that case, they might be diagnosed with an other specified feeding or eating disorder. This webpage from Beat covers OSFEDs including signs of OSFEDs.
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.
Young People ‘Fixing’ Eating Disorders: A Cultural Shift is Required
The Feel Happy [Eating] Fix was an opportunity for young people with experience of eating disorders to tell their stories, explain their viewpoints and share the issues they are facing or have faced including the barriers to treatment and support. They shared these experiences with each other and with an audience of policymakers and practitioners. The result of this conference was this report that outlines the findings and recommendations of six focus groups investigating the impacts of eating disorders on young people through the media, home, school, work, health and socialising.