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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