Welcome to the April edition of the NEDC e-Bulletin.
In order to raise awareness of the devastating impact of eating disorders on our society, education around the promotion, prevention, early intervention and management of eating disorders must be enhanced in both the general community and those working in the health, fitness, education and media sectors.
Research has shown that having the correct information and education about eating disorders can help prevent an eating disorder from developing and can decrease the severity of illness for a person in the early stages of an eating disorder. Education is also important in the reduction of stigma and misconceptions.
A person who has, or is at of risk of developing an eating disorder can often feel high levels of shame, ambivalence and denial. The person may need guidance and support from those around them to take the first steps towards preventing or treating an eating disorder. It is important that those who care for or work with people at risk of an eating disorder to deepen their level of understanding about these serious mental health issues.
This month the NEDC has made available a range of new and revised resourced on our website including messages for young people and carers, factsheets and professional resources for GPs, teachers and sporting coaches.
Below you will find an overview of some of our new resources. All of our resources have been developed from evidence based information and reviewed by eating disorders experts. We are also highlighting other resources available to professionals and individuals with a lived experience.
1. Eating Disorders in Schools: Prevention, Early Identification and Response
2. Eating Disorders in Sport and Fitness: Prevention, Early Identification and Response
3. Eating Disorders: A Professional Resource for General Practitioners
4. Caring for Someone with an Eating Disorder
5. Young People's Resource: 8 Tips for Dealing with an Eating Disorder
6. Other resources