stem4, Wimbledon Business Centre, Old Town Hall, 4 Queens Road, London, SW19 8YB|

4 Schools

4 Schools 2018-09-24T10:50:56+00:00

4 Facts in 4 areas

1. Behaviour

  • Avoids eating at school.
  • Takes a long time to eat.
  • Brings or cooks food for others at school.
  • Reduces application to school work or increases to the point of obsessiveness.

2. Physical Factors

  • Has a major loss or gain of weight – this may be especially noticeable after a school holiday.
  • Avoids physical activity or significantly increases physical activity.
  • Complains of the cold frequently.
  • Appears tired and listless.

3. Psychological changes

  • Looks withdrawn and sad.
  • Seems less able to concentrate.
  • May be irritable.
  • Over focus on certain themes, potentially around body matters, food or eating related matters (for example in Art or in English).

4. Social Factors

  • Friends may present with concerns.
  • Withdrawal from friendship groups may be noted.
  • May become suddenly very socially confident due to reduced weight – often shown by excessive focus on appearance.
  • May talk a lot about eating and weight related issues with friends.

What can schools do?

4 suggestions for change

  • Education on eating disorders.

Now Click No. 2

  • A clear and effective system to support a student who presents with an eating disorder.

Now Click No. 3

  • A named teacher and peer supporter from a core team of trained staff and students to be available should help be needed.

Now Click No. 4

  • Establish links with local services and know what the referral pathways are and also ensure that there is a risk management plan in place to keep the student physically safe at school.

Eating disorders

Quick links