Eating Disorder Strategies

What it is

An area of student need involving a self-imposed restricted diet or refusal to eat and/or purging after eating.


• Develop a positive and warm rapport with the student.
• Avoid making comments on body image or appearance as these could be taken the wrong way.
• Normalize healthy eating as it comes up in classroom discussions.
• Be in frequent contact with parents and enlist of school supports (Child and Youth Worker, Social Worker, Counselor, etc.).
• Be flexible with work completion and memory, which can be negatively impacted by restricted food/starvation.
• Be aware of increased risk taking behaviours and report to parents and school team.
• In a private setting, discuss your concerns with the students in a supportive and non-punitive way. Ask the student for ways that you can help.
• Consider developing an IEP Alternative Program Plan and set goals with the student and IEP team.
• Consider the development of and IEP Transition Plan to help reduce stress.
• Consider the development of an IEP with Accommodations for any instructional, environmental and/or assessment accommodations that may be helpful to reduce stress from the student.
• Provide resources to the student and parent on eating disorders and counseling options (school and/or community).
• Teach media literacy, focusing on realistic body images.