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Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019

27th February 2019

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and this year the focus is on who is affected by eating disorders. There is a common misconception surrounding eating disorders and the belief that only certain stereotypes are affected by eating disorders. These stereotypes suggest that eating disorders are not serious illnesses and are only suffered by white middle-class women and girls suffer. These stereotypes are dangerous and discourage people from seeking help and can make it harder for the illness to be spotted by the sufferer or a loved one.

  • It is estimated that 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder.
  • 39% of adults in the UK mistakenly believe eating disorders more commonly affect white people.
  • Six out of ten UK adults mistakenly believe eating disorders mainly affect young people.
  • 37% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people say they would not feel confident seeking help about eating disorders from healthcare professionals compared to 24% of straight people.

By their nature, eating disorders are secretive and stigmatized, and it can be hard to ask for treatment and even harder if a person doesn’t meet the expectations of what a person with an eating disorder ‘should’ look like.

This Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we need to break down barriers and help people understand that they are deserving of help and support no matter their eating disorder diagnosis, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or background.


How we work with Beat

Beat is the world’s largest eating disorders charity and is the UK’s only nationwide organisation providing information, support and help to people affected by eating disorders. The charity’s activities are centered around raising awareness and understanding eating disorders. Working in partnership with Beat has helped Impero develop keyword detection libraries, which help schools to recognise when a specific combination of terms searched by a student may indicate risk. The keyword detection functionality available in our flagship solution, Impero Education Pro, scans for any instances of keywords, terms, phrases, abbreviations or acronyms that may indicate potential risk; screen captures or video recordings of any flagged activity, along with a glossary definition, help staff to put the incident into context in line with the student’s wider online and offline behaviour.


How can Impero identify those suffering from an eating disorder?

Impero can help detect those suffering from an eating disorder with Impero Education Pro’s Impero EdProtect module. Impero EdProtect is a cloud-based online safety and safeguarding module, designed to help schools to fulfil their legal duty of care around internet safety and safeguarding online. This best practice approach to safeguarding in schools, including active monitoring and logging incident captures to provide contextual insight, helps schools to identify potential risk, respond before an incident escalates, and educate students about responsible online behaviour.

Impero EdProtect can be purchased as a standalone product or as part of the Impero Education Pro for a more comprehensive approach to device management. Impero EdProtect can also be used alongside Impero EdAware to provide a holistic approach to managing safeguarding incidents and risk indicators – whether they occur in the physical world, the digital or both. Risk often manifests in the online world long before it becomes an issues in the physical world – with Impero EdAware and Impero EdProtect integration, these warning signs can be detected early.


“Using Impero Education Pro’s keyword detection libraries, we’re helping to ensure we’re keeping students safe in our school environment. Impero is really good for reporting these online dangers giving you the ‘who, what, where, why information’. It is very clear and that’s a very important feature for us.” – Bishop Auckland College


If you want to learn more about how Impero can protect your students online book a demo here!

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