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Here are the resources we found for eating disorders for young people:
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5 Things I Hate about Anorexia
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about the things she hated the most about anorexia. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, this video may be helpful – either to help you think about what bits of your illness you hate, what might motivate you to changes, and perhaps to inspire you on the journey to recovery.
Why is Weight Restoration so Important when treating Anorexia?
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith answers a question that she is often asked which is why there is often such a focus on weight restoration during the early stages of treatment for anorexia nervosa, even when this causes great distress.
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.
I think I have Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia is a life-threatening and complex disorder. Understanding what is going on and what to do about it is the first extremely important and positive step. There is a great deal of help and support available if you are suffering from anorexia, or if you’re not sure.
I think I have Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia is a very serious eating disorder. This episode from Zumos will show you the steps you can take to start the recovery process. There is a great deal of help and support available to you; you do not have to deal with this alone.
I think I know someone with a binge eating problem
If you are worried about someone you know having a binge eating problem, but feel helpless on knowing what to do or say, this message from Zumos will give you the facts and information on what you can do to show your support and how to help that person start addressing this very serious illness.
I think someone I know has anorexia nervosa
If you worry about someone you know having this life-threatening disorder, but feel helpless in knowing what to do, this message from Zumos will give you some of the basic facts and what you can do to show your support and how to help that person start addressing this very serious illness.
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.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
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.
Binge eating is an eating disorder which makes people feel the need to eat too much food in one go. This can happen because of feelings that are difficult to cope with. If it’s something you are experiencing, there is help out there. On this page, you can find information on recovering from binge eating, how much is healthy to eat and helping a friend who binge eats.
Treatment for Eating Disorders
If you’ve decided you want help for your eating disorder, This Mix is here to present what to expect from the different types of treatment available. This webpage covers going to your GP about an eating disorder, what happens at the appointment, being referred to counselling, what treatment might be like, and what happens in hospital if you have an eating disorder.
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.