It's difficult to prevent someone from suffering from an eating disorder. However, it's important and easy to bring awareness to eating disorders, the motivations behind them, and how to help. The activities in this lesson plan are designed to help students recognize media’s influence on our body image and expectations, as well as critical warning signs and red flags of an eating disorder. The habits and destructive behaviors of someone suffering from an eating disorder are usually kept hidden in plain sight from the people around them. By bringing awareness to this dangerous mental health issue, students will develop the vocabulary to discuss eating disorders and be able to take the necessary steps to get help or to help others.
Have students research eating disorders and create an infographic on statistics and ways to help. Information from https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/statistics-research-eating-disorders & https://anad.org/education-and-awareness/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/
0.9% of American woman suffer from anorexia 1.5% of American women suffer from bulimia nervosa 2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder but men are also susceptible to these EDs
Every 62 minutes someone dies from an eating disorder
30 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder, regardless of gender
Eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses and are often used as a coping mechanism
Eating disorders are treatable! Only about 33% of people receive treatment. The first step is to ask for help from a trusted adult or a doctor.