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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020 – let’s beat this

3rd March 2020

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020

This week marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Despite eating disorders occurring at any age, young people and students are particularly at-risk. The statistics below highlight that the earlier an eating disorder is identified, the better the chance of full recovery. Students are spending 190 days at school per year, putting school staff in a prime position to spot the warning signs, identify vulnerable students and take the steps necessary to address eating disorders.

The statistics

  • Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder
  • On average, the condition first develops at around the age of 16 to 17
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders
  • The earlier that eating disorder treatment is sought, the better the sufferer’s chance of recovery

How to spot the signs of eating disorders

Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity and one of our online safety partners, have identified key signs that are particularly apparent within the school environment. These might include:

  • Social isolation
  • Avoiding eating around others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive and/or rigid behaviour
  • Perfectionism and setting unreasonably high personal standards
  • Self-harm
  • Changes to weight – either gaining or losing weight, or experiencing fluctuating weight

Understanding the signs is only part of the battle, it’s important once a student of concern is identified they get the help they need. Beat provides a number of support services, resources and information on their website to help those suffering with eating disorders. For more information visit their website.

Our partnership with Beat

We’re proud to be working with Beat to continually develop, improve and refine our keyword detection library for identifying keywords related to eating disorders. Impero Education Pro captures any of these keywords, phrases and abbreviations typed anywhere on the network, triggering a screen capture or video recording with “who, what, where, why” information and a glossary definition. Staff are equipped with all the information they need to put the incident into context with other online and offline incident and can offer counter narratives where necessary.

Book a demonstration to see how Impero Education Pro can help identify eating disorders, alongside a number of other online dangers, all while supporting your safeguarding policies.

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