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E.D. Contact is a new and positive Information Resource created by and for Families and Individuals living with Eating Distress in Ireland.

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 How can teachers help?

Teachers can play an important role in recognising the early signs of an Eating Disorder.

They can provide a safe but neutral environment away from the family so that sufferers can talk in confidence about their problem. People with Eating Disorders are often afraid of asking for help and then ambivalent about accepting it.

It is difficult to recognise an Eating Disorder in the early stages. Very often school staff, youth workers or guidance counsellors are the people who first discover the warning signs. Remember that an Eating Disorder is a symptom.


The Eating Distress is the sufferer's way of coping with or avoiding underlying issues.

On the surface, the issue appears to be about food. However, at a deeper level, the Eating Disorder expresses a fundamental unhappiness, which could be due to many other factors.


An Eating Distress sufferer needs to know they are valued whether they eat or not.

It is helpful if they know there is somebody there to listen. They need to be encouraged to think for themselves, they need to be encouraged to take control over their lives


Teachers can help

through understanding the importance of Reducing levels of stress:

All students suffering from Eating Distress are very sensitive!

It is very easy for them to get 'stressed out.' Often they do not know their own limitations and, or have very high expectations. They may be afraid to slow down or give up some activities.

They are often perfectionists and need to learn to believe that their best is good enough.

Teachers need to be aware of the expectations they can put on their pupils. While it's good to encourage pupils to reach their maximum potential, in this competitive environment the pressure can become too much. Pupils need to learn to realise that no one is brilliant at everything. Students with this condition need to be encouraged to set their own goals rather than accepting those imposed on them.


Teachers can help

by learning about and teaching how our culture wrongly promotes prejudice against overweight people.  The conviction that "thinness is goodness". The belief that people should sacrifice their health in desire for beauty.


Teachers can help

by emphasising self-esteem, self-assertion and communication skills in schools. These strengths will inoculate children against the outside pressures to change and harm their bodies in the pursuit of 'perfection' and 'goodness'



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