Eating disorders: guidance for staff in further education colleges

Further education

Support and guidance for staff in further education colleges on the topic of eating disorders, sharing signs to spot, conversation starters and who else to involve.

Eating disorders are a type of serious mental health condition characterised by severe disturbances in eating behaviours. Individuals with eating disorders tend to use the control of food to manage distressing feelings and difficult situations.

Most eating disorders develop during adolescence – the average age of onset for anorexia nervosa is 16-17 years, and 18-19 years for bulimia nervosa. As such, college is a significant time for those struggling with eating disorders.

This resource covers topics including:

  • the most common types of eating disorder
  • why students may develop an eating disorder
  • signs to spot in students
  • how to start a conversation with a student if you're concerned
  • who else to involve and signposting to further support

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by staff in further education colleges

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