Staff are asked to be very vigilant at school for students who appear to be losing weight rapidly or who are not eating during the school day. We encourage students to have a healthy relationship with food through their food technology lessons and the food offered in the canteen. The daily menu is available on the school website and follows the standards set out by the government in terms of school food. We try to ensure that students always have time to eat at lunchtime even if they do attend a lunchtime activity, as we have a long school day and energy to concentrate throughout is essential.
The school nurse who has a drop in once a week and can be involved in monitoring weight loss and gain and students can be supervised while eating their lunchtime meal if that is necessary. Again an open and honest relation between student, staff and parents is the essential to a positive outcome for students with an eating disorder.
Useful websites and organisations:
|is a national organisation dedicated to helping anyone experiencing difficulties with food. Formerly known as the Eating Disorder Association. It has its own young people’s forum and it also provides a helpline, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK.|
|restored||is a non-profit organisation seeking to address the issues around eating disorders. They believe in full recovery - getting to a place where food no longer controls your life.|
|Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. The nhs website provides useful information on eating disorders.|
|Explains eating problems, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.|