During this lesson, students will examine eating disorders. They will discuss different disorders, the signs and symptoms of each disorder, and the professional help available.
Students can explain different eating disorders and where to access professional help.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- identify the different types of eating disorders, and suggest practical ways to support a friend with an eating disorder.
Classroom activity: Exploring eating disorders 20 min
To feel more confident when teaching this lesson, we recommend you access:
- the ReachOut Schools article ‘Eating disorders’
- the foundation for eating disorders: Butterfly Foundation.
Brainstorm: What are the warning signs of eating disorders?
- In groups, students list as many behavioural, physical and psychological warning signs of eating disorders as they can think of.
Venn diagram: Different eating disorders
- Draw a Venn diagram on the whiteboard. In the circles, write the names of the three types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
- As a class, in the shared section of the Venn diagram, identify the similarities between the disorders – e.g. they are all food-related; they are all a mental health issue.
- As a class, identify in each circle on the diagram the features that differentiate the disorders. This can include a definition.
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