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Eating disorders and disordered eating - group ideas?


Hello, I am a 2nd year Masters student at the University of Victoria in the School of Child and Youth Care. I recently started a practicum where I am tasked to run an psycho-educational group for girls/women ages 19-25 who are interacting with eating disorders and disordered eating. I am interested in knowing about any current resources or programming ideas (art based, interactive, experiential components/resources preferred) that would suit this age and demographic interacting with this issue. I currently run programming for youth ages 11-14 but am not as familiar with an older age group. Please feel free to e-mail me directly at or reply to this thread.
Thank you,
Angela Slade

You might want to investigate the work of the anti-anorexia League
Hans Skott-Myhre
Brock University

Thank you Hans, I am actually working in direct contact with Dena of No Numbers. I saw the premiere at Stephen Madigans TC9 conference. However, was not familiar with this site!

Angela Slade

Hello Angela,
I have pasted some ref below which might interest you. I am completing my thesis too at CYC UVIC.
My area of interest is eating disorders and disordered eating but my thesis is on "Body Satisfaction and the risk and protective factors".  I gathered my data in Fiji.Your practicum seem quite interesting. Please share more about it.
Talk to you soon

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Hi Erica

 I am currently taking the Child and Youth Care diploma program. I attended a presentation on eating disorders last year and the speaker handed out some information sheets that I found to be really useful. I thought I would share some of what I learned with you.
You wanted to know what kind of problems you might face when working with youth who have eating disorders; I think it depends on which type of eating disorder you are dealing with.
Someone with anorexia strives for thinness, has an unrealistic body image, their self esteem is based on their weight, they experience dramatic weight loss and they have an extreme fear of weight gain.  Some of the problem behaviours you may come across are obsessive exercise, calorie counting, starvation and restrictions on food, vomiting, the use of diet pills, laxatives or diuretics, and/or a constant anxiety about their body image. These youth may experience physical consequences such as loss of muscular strength, thinning hair, fainting, or weakness. They may also experience feelings of depression, or low self-esteem. Youth with eating disorders may feel like they have no control over their lives and the only control that they do have is their eating habits.
Youth with Bulimia will eat a large amount of food in a relatively short period of time and then display behaviours such as taking laxatives or self-induced vomiting. Some other behaviour might be rapid food consumption, guilt, purging, lack of control over their eating habits, regular diets and exercise, use of laxatives, diuretics, and/or diet pills, depression, low self esteem and a continual concern with body image.
With both disorders there is really no single cause however here are some ideas that may play a role: negative family influences, poor parenting, parents with substance abuse issues, parents with an eating disorder themselves, a history of abuse, and or obesity within the family, genetic factors, and or cultural pressures such as the medias pressure to be thin. I think looking at all of these areas would be a good starting ground for working with the youth and the family.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association the best thing to do with these youth that are struggling with an eating disorder is learn as much as you can about the disorder; read as many books, articles, and or brochures as you can, watch movies, and/ or talk to people (2005).

Know the distinctions between “facts and myths about weight, nutrition, and exercise” because knowing the facts will help you reason against any wrong ideas that the youth may be using as excuses for their eating habits (National Eating Disorders Association 2005). Genuinely care about the youth, but be firm and consistent and don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Compliment them on their awesome personalities and or accomplishments, role model self acceptance, healthy eating, and exercise yourself (National Eating Disorders Association, 2005).
Lastly and most importantly remind them that you care and want them to be healthy and happy.

Rachel Rowley


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