I'm worried about someone with an eating disorder

Secondary

This booklet for young people explains what an eating disorder is, why someone may get an eating disorder and how they can help someone they are concerned about, as well as looking after themselves too.

This detailed booklet explains common eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, and why someone may get an eating disorder. There is useful advice for young people on how to help someone they are concerned about and also how to look after themselves.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • young people aged 11 - 19
  • use with whole classes or individuals

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental health and wellbeing

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

• how to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary

• how to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing concerns

Physical health and fitness

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

• the characteristics and evidence of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, including the links between an inactive lifestyle and ill health, including cancer and cardiovascular ill-health.

Healthy Eating

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

• how to maintain healthy eating and the links between a poor diet and health risks, including tooth decay and cancer

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Personal Health

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

• Investigate the influences on physical and emotional /mental personal health

• Develop understanding about, and strategies to manage, the effects of change on body, mind and behaviour

• Develop strategies to promote personal safety

Healthy Eating

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

• Explore ways to achieve a healthy diet

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing

• I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

• I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

Food and health

Nutrition

For third level:

• Through practical activities using different foods and drinks, I can identify key nutrients, their sources and functions, and demonstrate the links between energy, nutrients and health.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing:

Progression step 3:

• I can self-regulate my emotions in a healthy way using strategies that I have developed.

• I can see the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 4: I can identify different strategies to self-regulate my emotions in response to a range of experiences.

Progression step 5: I can contribute towards a culture where talking about mental health and emotional well-being is encouraged and normalised.

 

Developing physical health and wellbeing has lifelong benefits

Progression step 3: I can explain the importance of a balanced diet and nutrition and the impact my choices have on my physical health and well-being. I can plan and prepare basic, nutritious meals.

Progression step 4: I can apply my knowledge and understanding of a balanced diet and nutrition to make choices which will allow me to maintain my physical health and well-being. I can plan and prepare a variety of nutritious meals.

Progression step 5: I can adjust my diet in response to different contexts and apply my knowledge and understanding of a balanced diet and nutrition to support others. I can apply a range of techniques to prepare a variety of nutritious meals.

 

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