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ERIC Number: ED264487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dying on the Inside: What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and the Individual Child.
Zimmer, Marc
This document provides teachers with information on the identifying features of anorexia nervosa and bulimia and suggests steps which teachers can take to encourage individual children in more positive behavior. The paper makes clear distinctions between anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and bulimarexia, describing the symptoms of each disorder. It is noted that these eating disorders have been associated with such causative factors as distorted body image, parental pressure to diet, social and cultural milieu, a compulsive desire to achieve, a need to attain a measure of control over some aspect of the self, and rejection of sexual development. The paper acknowledges that specialized treatment from psychologists and medical doctors is needed for these children, but emphasizes that teachers can help by being aware of their students' behavior. Four steps that teachers can take to help students are discussed: (1) encouraging children to make independent decisions and choices; (2) giving students freedom to fail by showing them that they can do so and still please the teachers; (3) calling the local youth services agency to find treatment resources; and (4) talking about the problem at faculty meetings. (Author/ABB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A