Eating disorders

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.

Year Level

9-10

Duration

60 minutes

Type

  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Social awareness
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

  • Students can explain different eating disorders and where to access professional help.

Key Outcomes

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.

Activity 01

Classroom activity: Exploring eating disorders 20 min

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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.