Common misconceptions about eating disorders
Two resources are attached to this page- “Dos and don’ts when teaching about eating disorders” and “Common misconceptions about eating disorders”
Many schools educate their pupils about healthy weight and healthy eating. In addition to this, some schools incorporate teaching about eating disorders as part of their PSHE curriculum and this can be a very positive way to raise awareness, reduce stigma and ensure that those pupils in need of support know where to turn.
Your pupils may hold some beliefs about eating disorders, and the people that suffer them, that simply aren’t true. An important aspect of your lesson can be to tackle these misconceptions head on. Below, we’ve discussed ten of the commonly held misconceptions about eating disorders, and given you enough information to be able to dispel these myths with your pupils.
These misconceptions can be treated as a great basis for class discussion if you treat them as a ‘true or false’ activity. Simply share each statement with your pupils in turn and ask them to share their ideas about why it is true or false.
Below is our blog post on the "Dos and Don’ts of Teaching your Class about Eating Disorders" which may also be helpful.
Date uploaded: 25 Sep 2017
AttachmentsCommon Misconceptions About Eating Disorders FINAL.pdf
Dos and donts teaching about eating disorders.pdf
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Resource type(s)Lesson plans and top tips
Subject(s)Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
LevelsKey Stage 3
Key Stage 4
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