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School-Based Interventions : Eating Disorders
Interventions for Anorexia

  1. Allow the student to eat in a more comfortable setting

    Provide options for the student to eat lunch or snacks in smaller, more acceptable, less distressing locations.
  2. Have the student eat/snack while doing another activity

    Allow the student to eat while working on academics or in casual situations where there is less focus on what everyone is eating, or on what this student is eating.
  3. Provide alternative activities when focus on food interferes with academics

    Allow the student to do alternative research or reading rather than hear or read information that distresses him/her about calories, food groups, or dieting/nutrition.
  4. Allow the student to complete academics in settings where food is not present

    If the setting is problematic (food odors or visibility of other students eating), allow work in a non-food setting (library).
  5. Identify student-acceptable comments teachers can employ during eating

    Outside of class, identify with the student desirable terms for indicating time for snack or lunch ("break" or "lunchtime"), time to finish ("three minutes til return to classroom"), and acceptable comments about how the student looks ("I like that color on you" instead of "you look good in that dress").
  6. Identify alternative foods/snacks available for the student if he/she resists eating

    Outside of class, with the student and/or parents, identify multiple foods/snacks to be available for the student at school.
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