Disordered Eating – From Image to Illness (1 day)

Disordered eating can range from problematic tendencies such as excessive dieting to a mental health diagnosis such as anorexia or bulimia. Caregivers and helping professionals may struggle with knowing how to best respond to this complex issue and may react with frustration, fear and helplessness. Beginning with a general overview, this workshop will examine symptoms, contributing factors and the experience of living with an eating disorder. Participants will be challenged to check assumptions and to fully address the function disordered eating plays in a person’s life. The focus will then shift to possible treatment options and practical strategies for supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • The Spectrum of Food and Fitness Involvement
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder
  • Compulsive Exercise
  • The Influence of Gender and Age
  • What Causes an Eating Disorder
  • The Problem with Diets
  • Functions of an Eating Disorder
  • Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder
  • Motivating Change
  • Eating Disorder Treatment Settings
  • Normalizing Eating
  • Body Image
  • Coping Strategies
  • Practicing Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Managing Setbacks
  • Working With Families: Advice for Parents
  • The Role of the School
  • Prevention of Disordered Eating

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, case study exercises and small group discussions

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, parents and anyone seeking a better understanding of disordered eating and how to help those who struggle with it.