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Here are the resources we found for eating disorders for young people:
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HeadStart Focus: Eating Disorders
In this video, Sam talks about the effects of eating disorders and how it affects the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness and it is important that more people know about the impact of this group of mental illnesses on young people.
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 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.
I think someone I know has bulimia nervosa
If you worry about someone you know having bulimia nervosa, but feel helpless in knowing what to do, this message will give you some basic facts and what you can do to show your support and how to help that person start addressing this very serious illness.
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.
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.
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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 an eating problem which makes people want to eat a lot of food at once and then try to get rid of the food from their body. Bulimia can feel like too much to deal with but you can get better. On this page, you can find information on the signs of bulimia, recovering from bulimia, getting support and helping a friend with 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.