Eating Disorders

23rd April 2007 3:55pm - Return to press releases

Pictured here - Back Row from Left to Right: Marg Oaten, student, and Course Tutor Cheryl Wood. Front Row, Students.With the growing debate on Size 0, young people are increasingly being made aware of the catwalk thin supermodels. Vulnerable youngsters who want to copy their idols are falling victim to devastating eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

East Riding College wanted to address these issues and invited Marg Oaten, Secretary and Co-founder of the Eating Disorder Support Group to the College at the Beverley site, to speak with some of the students.

Marg gave a presentation to the NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy Students which showed, what an eating disorder is, who are most vulnerable and what triggers the cycle of an eating disorder.

People with eating disorders are not attention seekers. When self esteem is rock bottom there is a false belief that managing weight will give an increase in self esteem. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any other mental health illness (20%).

Tracy Heywood, Enrichment Officer said ?All the students found the presentation very interesting and informative. Marg will be visiting the College on a regular basis to continue to raise the awareness of eating disorders and the effects of the illness, to other groups of students?