Do You Have an Eating Disorder?
-For Grades 7 & Up
-DVD + Printable Teaching Guide
Teens and young adults describe their eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, and compulsive exercising. The program stresses that there are warning signs to different eating disorders; that eating disorders have serious, even deadly, health consequences; and there are positive steps you should take if you or a friend are at risk.
Teens and young adults describe their eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, and compulsive exercising. Lynn Grefe, the director of the National Eating Disorders Association, stresses that an eating disorder is an illness and should not be stigmatized. A young country singer describes her battle with anorexia, and talks about how she used her music as part of her recovery. A teenage boy dispels the myth that eating disorders affect only girls and describes his own struggle to recover. A teen and her counselor talk about the interaction of culture, family and community in her recovery. The program stresses that there are warning signs to different eating disorders; that eating disorders have serious, even deadly, health consequences; and there are positive steps you should take if you or a friend are at risk.
Includes: 19-minute video, printable teacher’s resource book, and student handouts with pre/post tests.
Sample Video Clip:
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“It’s not about the food,” claims Jenni Schaefer, a young woman who has battled an eating disorder and remembers comparing herself to other youngsters in a dance class at age four. This budding country singer/songwriter, along with three other young women and a teenage boy, share their unique experiences and recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Dispelling the notion that there is a single personality type or cause for eating disorders, the program successfully features a diverse and empathetic group. Divided into segments, such as “Warning Signs,” “Health Consequences,” “Causes,” and “Recovery,” personal testimony alternates with commentary by Lynn Grefe, the CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, and information about these biologically based mental illnesses. Flashback photos from each individual’s youth, as well as current footage of the young people today, help chronicle the course of their illness and underscore the variety of factors that contributed to their eating disorders, such as insecurities, pressures of high school, and body dysmorphia. Soothing string music and an original song by the Schaefer adds an element of hope to the program, as does the purposeful omission of images of dangerously thin people. Although the subjects are older teens and post-college individuals, the program is suitable for students in middle and high school.
– Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
School Library Journal
Highly Recommended Do You Have an Eating Disorder? is a serious, but uplifting video that introduces the viewer to the various types of eating disorders and their resultant health consequences. Did you know that eating disorders commonly appear during adolescence or in young adulthood? Women and young girls are considerably more likely to encounter these health problems over males, although it has been reported that 10 percent of people suffering from this disease are indeed male. This video captures a candid glimpse of the biological, behavior, and social underpinnings of eating disorders while focusing on the experiences of those who have gone through and survived these debilitating illnesses. The message of this video is prevention through education. Raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders, as well as early intervention by knowing the signs, gives viewers of this DVD much optimism for hope and recovery. Additionally, this resource takes the shame and blame away from these life threatening, but treatable mental illnesses. This DVD does an excellent service in taking away the stigma and mystique of eating disorders.
This highly recommended DVD comes with a teacher resource guide of activities and learning objectives that furthers students’ understanding about eating disorders. A pre and post test worksheet and a bibliography of online resources make this resource an excellent starting place for classroom teachers and parents. Other videos from Human Relations Media can be used to compliment the subject of eating disorders. However this DVD and teacher guide can stand alone. This resource will be of great value to those who have the responsibility of developing a health and nutrition curriculum.
– Hope Marie Cook, Curriculum Center Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)