Eating Disorders (Primary School)
Eating disorders are unusual in children at primary school but not unheard of, so if you are worrying about whether your child is developing an eating disorder or have discovered that they have, see your GP straight away to discuss possible referral to specialist services.
Have look at some of the resources in the secondary school section if your child has a diagnosis of an eating disorder, as some of these might be helpful for you.
I think my child might have an eating disorder
This page on family lives is an excellent starting point here
How do I know if my child has an eating disorder?
Information on common symptoms, laxative use, over-exercising, bingeing and how to find help here
Advice for parents including mealtime tips and how to talk to your child.
Young Minds. Specific fact sheets and guidance on anorexia and bulimia.
Supporting someone with an eating disorder on BEAT charity’s website
Websites and Helplines
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk have online community support for parents and carers and also a help directory where you can put in your postcode and find counsellors in your area.
Helpline 03000 111213
Beat eating disorders
Helpline (see below), directory of services, stories, blogs and the possibility to chat online. There is also a separate helpline for young people under 18.
Helpline 0808 8010677
Eating Disorders Pocketbook by Pooky Knightsmith . Written for teachers, this little book is also great for parents. One reviewer writes: 'I love the way Pooky writes from the heart and is so knowledgeable' Available here
Hope with eating disorders
By Lynn Crilly, written from a parents’ first hand experience, advice on how to identify and cope with different eating disorders and case studies. Available Here.
Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder. Lots of real-life examples and action points for parents to help support their son or daughter.
by Janet Treasure et al. Available Here.
Can I tell you about Eating Disorders ?
by Brian Lask and Lucy Watson.* Available Here.
* This symbol indicates books that are available in your local library as part of a series of books recommended by young people and health experts (known as ‘Shelf-Help’-see link)