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Here are the resources we found for Eating Disorders Awareness Week for professionals:
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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.
Eating Disorders: Treat the Mind not Just the Body.
A woman who began suffering from anorexia when she was just eleven years old is campaigning with Fixers to improve treatment for people with eating disorders. Eating disorders are difficult to live with and difficult to treat but these people who have experienced eating disorders are campaigning for professionals to treat the mind and not just the body.
Men Get Eating Disorders Too!
Men Get Eating Disorders Too focus their work on raising awareness and campaigning for men who have eating disorders. They provide information to men and others around them and provide a platform for men to get their voices heard.
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.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
(Featured resource)The homepage for Eating Disorders Awareness Week from the Eating Disorders Charity, BEAT. Includes lots of video and downloadable resources.
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.