Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

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Updated Oct 17, 2018

Course Description

This awareness course gives an insightful overview to eating disorders. It describes the physical and psychological symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, and the possible causes of these mental illnesses. This course explains how carers and families can help when they suspect someone may have an eating disorder and what treatments are currently available.

In this course you will learn:

  • What an eating disorder is
  • Who can develop an eating disorder
  • The myths surrounding eating disorders and the real facts
  • Characteristics of the three main types of eating disorder
  • The causes of eating disorders
  • Other mental illnesses that may co-exist alongside eating disorders
  • Behavioural changes in those with an eating disorder
  • The psychological effects
  • The physical signs to look out for
  • How an eating disorder affects the family
  • The difficulties the carer may face
  • The long-term complications
  • The importance of early intervention
  • What to say and what to do when you think someone might have an eating disorder
  • The steps a GP might take
  • What is expected of carers – the family, carer and GP ‘team’
  • Typical treatments available
  • What special considerations are needed for children and adolescents

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of eating disorders, including:

  • Education staff including head teachers and governors
  • Parents and other family members
  • Care workers and managers
  • Social workers and managers
  • Health staff
  • Professional organisations

Course Duration

60 minutes