1: Can having a program on eating disorders awareness cause our students harm?
It is important ensure certain things when implementing these types of programs:
- All information is accurate
- No extreme or graphic images are provided
- All types of eating disorders are represented and explained
- Blame is never placed
- Resources are offered for them to read on their own and keep for reference
2: Is it possible that if we talk about it, they’ll want to do it? We do not want to provide a how-to course on eating disorders.
This is a common misperception about eating disorder prevention programs. They are designed carefully with this concern in mind, as well as to provide accurate, age appropriate, and relevant information. Most girls have some exposure to and ideas about eating disorders, offering them all the facts and figures does work to aid preventing their onset.