Eating Disorders Training

Understand Common Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders Training

Our Eating Disorders Training will give you a true insight into common eating disorders, how they present, identifying the signs and symptoms, as well as actionable tools and techniques to manage employees effectively. 

Our team has the unique advantage of vast psychological and lived experience to ensure your team are trained to the highest standard.

Course Highlights

  • Develop your awareness and understanding of a number of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, bing-eating disorder, EDNOS, OSFED.
  • Help identify symptoms of eating disorders in others.
  • Help you understand the impact of eating disorders on the individual and the workplace, and steps to help manage staff.
  • Help you develop active listening skills in order to provide emotional support to colleagues struggling with an eating disorder.
  • Gain an insight into support options available and where to find them.
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1 - 8 hours (depending on content)

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    What is the Purpose of Eating Disorders Training?

    Eating Disorders Training is a specialised programme designed to educate and inform on the complexities of eating disorders. These trainings delve into the psychological, physiological, and sociological aspects of eating disorders, enabling a comprehensive understanding of these often misunderstood conditions. 

    The primary aim of this training is to equip businesses with the knowledge and understanding necessary to recognise early signs of eating disorders and provide adequate support. In addition, we guide on how to create a positive, understanding environment for employees struggling with these conditions. It’s about fostering a culture of empathy and understanding whilst aiding in early intervention – which is crucial for effective treatment and recovery. 

    Understanding eating disorders isn’t merely about identifying symptoms. It’s about understanding the underlying factors, the misconceptions, and the stigma associated with these conditions. Our training will provide you with insight into these aspects and help you to break down the barriers of misunderstanding and stigma. 

    Additionally, eating disorders training equips businesses with practical tools and strategies to support employees. It’s about knowing how to respond, how to approach conversations with sensitivity.

    In the UK, it’s estimated 1.25 million people struggle with the effects of eating disorders. For that reason, having a workforce that’s knowledgeable and understanding of these issues is not only beneficial, but also crucial. By understanding the issues that eating disorders present for those affected, business’ can work on creating a supportive, non-judgemental workplace where employees feel understood and safe.  

    At PMAC, our Eating Disorders Training is comprehensive, up-to-date, and delivered by experts in the field. It’s not only about providing information but also about facilitating discussions, challenging misconceptions, and creating a more understanding and supportive business environment. In turn, this fosters a more inclusive, productive, and happy workforce. Between 1.25m and 3.4m in the UK are thought to be suffering with an eating disorder. Let’s help support them in any way we can.

    Why is Eating Disorders Training Relevant for the Workplace?

    In today’s fast-paced business environment, it is paramount to understand that our colleagues are not just employees, but individuals with unique personal experiences and challenges. One aspect often overlooked is the prevalence and impact of eating disorders, affecting both the physical health and mental wellbeing of individuals.

    Conducting eating disorders training in the workplace is a proactive response to this often hidden issue. It provides a critical resource to employers, enabling them to create supportive and understanding environments for all employees. Understanding eating disorders is the first step to breaking down the barriers of communication and stigma often associated with these conditions.

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    Eating disorders can significantly impact an individual’s productivity, engagement, and overall job performance. It can lead to increased absenteeism and higher healthcare costs for the organisation. By investing in Eating Disorders Training, businesses can directly address these challenges, supporting their staff while reducing the potential costs associated with these conditions.

    It is not just about mitigating risk with a busines. Comprehensive training in this area demonstrates to your employees that their wellbeing is of primary importance to the company and its staff. It’s a clear communication that you care about their overall health and happiness, not just their output. This can boost morale, increase loyalty, and improve staff retention.

    In a world where businesses are increasingly judged on their social responsibility, taking steps to address mental health issues such as eating disorders is also a strong statement to customers, clients, and potential recruits about your company values and ethos.

    In summary, Eating Disorders Training is relevant in the workplace because it empowers businesses to support their employees effectively, whilst creating a healthier working environment, and cultivating a more compassionate and understanding corporate culture.


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    Understanding Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that affect people across all walks of life, resulting in serious consequences for physical health and quality of life. Understanding these disorders is crucial for providing the right type of support – helping those affected to regain control of their lives. 

    Every person’s experience with eating disorders is unique, though certain patterns – such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder – are commonly diagnosed. These conditions can be characterised by certain aspects, such as; obsessive preoccupation with food, body weight, or body shape and often involve behaviours such as restrictive eating, overeating, or purging.

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    Anorexia nervosa is associated with a distorted body image and an intense fear of weight gain, leading to self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Bulimia nervosa involves cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives. Binge eating disorder features episodes of eating large volumes of food in short timeframes, often accompanied by feelings of loss of control and deep shame or guilt. 

    Recognising these disorders early on is vital for effective intervention to take place. Signs to look out for can include: significant changes in eating habits, intense worry about being fat, and a relentless pursuit of thinness. It’s important to note that these signs may not always be obvious, as those suffering may go to great lengths to conceal their behaviours. 

    Our Eating Disorders Training provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of these complex conditions. The programme equips attendees with the skills to recognise early signs and symptoms, to approach conversations about eating habits with empathy, and to guide individuals towards professional help. 

    By investing in your team’s mental health knowledge, you’re not only supporting those who may be dealing with these challenging conditions but also cultivating a workplace culture that values and prioritises mental well-being. Because at the end of the day, a healthy team is a productive team. 

    What Causes Eating Disorders?

    Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that can stem from a variety of genetic, biological, behavioural, and social factors. It’s important to remember that no single cause can be attributed to these disorders, and they often result from a combination of factors. 

    Genetics play a significant role in the development of eating disorders. Individuals with a family history of such disorders are at a higher risk. Biological factors such as abnormal hormone functions or nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to the onset of these conditions. 

    Moreover, certain personality traits can predispose individuals to eating disorders. For example, perfectionism, impulsive behaviour, or anxiety-ridden personality could increase susceptibility. These traits, coupled with societal pressures and cultural norms surrounding body image, can often trigger the onset of eating disorders. 

    The role of the media and societal expectations cannot be understated. Unrealistic standards of beauty propagated by media outlets can lead to distorted self-perception and an unhealthy preoccupation with weight and body shape, acting as catalysts for these disorders. 

    Furthermore, stressful life events or transitions such as puberty, moving away from home, or starting a new job can act as triggers. This is particularly true if the person already has low self-esteem or body image issues. 

    It’s crucial to understand that eating disorders are not a choice, but serious illnesses that require professional intervention and support. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or cultural background. With appropriate training and understanding, businesses can play a proactive role in identifying and supporting employees who may be struggling with these issues. At PMAC, we provide comprehensive and compassionate training to help your organisation navigate the complexities of eating disorders. 

    How to Support Employees with Eating Disorders

    Supporting employees with eating disorders is not only a compassionate and ethical responsibility but can also lead to significant improvements in workplace culture as well as productivity. Understanding, empathy, and knowledge are key elements when dealing with sensitive situations. 

    Eating disorders can be debilitating, often having a significant impact on an individual’s physical health, mental wellbeing, and overall capacity to function effectively in the workplace. They may manifest as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED). It’s essential to remember that eating disorders are not merely about food or weight but are often deeply rooted in issues relating to self-esteem, control, and mental health. 

    So, how can you support an employee grappling with an eating disorder? Firstly, ensure that you create an environment of openness and trust where your employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health concerns. This can be achieved through regular workshops, training sessions, and one-on-one meetings that normalise the conversation around mental health and wellbeing. 

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    Secondly, providing access to professional mental health resources can be invaluable. Consider partnering with a mental health organisation that can offer specialised training and support to your team. This might include awareness programmes, counselling services, or tailored intervention strategies. 

    Additionally, it may be beneficial to have a clear policy in place that outlines how the company supports those struggling with mental health issues. This not only helps to create a supportive culture but also ensures that everyone is aware of the procedures to follow if they or a colleague are affected. 

    In conclusion, supporting employees with eating disorders requires a comprehensive, empathetic and informed approach. By fostering an environment of understanding, providing access to professional support services, and implementing clear workplace policies, businesses can significantly contribute to the wellbeing of their workforce. A healthy workforce is not only happier but also more productive. 

    Developing Listening Skills

    In the realm of mental health, particularly when dealing with eating disorders, developing effective listening skills is an absolute necessity. As a critical part of our “Eating Disorders Training”, we emphasise the importance of these skills and provide comprehensive guidance on their enhancement. Listening, in this context, goes beyond simply hearing the words that someone is saying. It’s about understanding the underlying emotions and meanings, and demonstrating empathy and respect towards the individual’s experiences.

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    This type of listening, often referred to as ‘active listening’, can create a safe space for individuals battling eating disorders to open up about their struggles without fear of judgement or misunderstanding. 

    Active listening involves several key elements. First and foremost, it requires giving your full attention to the speaker. This means eliminating distractions, maintaining eye contact, and giving non-verbal cues such as nodding to show understanding. Secondly, active listening demands patience, as it’s important to let the individual express their thoughts at their own pace. Interrupting or rushing the conversation can deter them from sharing their genuine feelings. 

    Another critical aspect is reflection, which involves paraphrasing and summarising what has been said to ensure clear understanding. Reflection also helps to validate the speaker’s feelings and shows that their words are being taken seriously. Lastly, asking open-ended questions can encourage further conversation, enabling a deeper understanding of the individual’s perspective. 

    At PMAC, we recognise that learning these skills is a process, requiring time and practice. Our “Eating Disorders Training” offers practical ways to hone these skills, with the overarching aim of encouraging more empathetic and effective communication within your organisation and its teams. We believe that by empowering your employees with these listening skills, we can collectively make a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of those affected by eating disorders within the workplace. 

    Co-creating Wellbeing Plans

    The concept of co-creating wellbeing plans serves as the cornerstone of our Eating Disorders Training programme. This approach recognises the importance of collaboration between a business and its employees when it comes to creating a supportive, understanding, and proactive working environment. 

    A co-created wellbeing plan is a tailored project – built specifically around the employee’s needs and circumstances. Its purpose is to ensure that each person involved feels seen, heard, and valued. By valuing individual experiences and insights, your business can create effective strategies to empower each employee to manage their mental health, particularly those battling eating disorders. 

    The process behind co-creation involves active dialogue and open communication between management, human resources, wellbeing professionals, and the employee. This dialogue provides an opportunity for the employee to express their needs, preferences, and concerns openly. It also offers businesses a unique insight into their employee’s experiences, enabling more empathetic and effective support. 

    Implementing a co-created wellbeing plan can significantly enhance your business’s approach to mental health. It encourages a culture of empathy, understanding, and support, helping your employees feel protected and valued. This can in turn boost morale, productivity, and staff retention.  

    Our Eating Disorders Training programme equips businesses with the knowledge and resources to co-create meaningful wellbeing plans. We provide you with the necessary tools to identify the signs of eating disorders, understand their impact, and provide effective support for your staff. Through this training, your business can become a beacon of mental health support, inclusivity, and care.  

    It’s time we changed the narrative around mental health in the workplace, and co-creating wellbeing plans is an excellent place to start. Together, we can make a difference. 


    Eating Disorder Training is a course specifically designed to help delegates understand the most common eating disorders, as well as how to manage employees and colleagues who may be suffering from these. Eating disorders are complex conditions that require a careful and empathetic approach to ensure sufferers are correctly supported.  

    We cover as much content as time allows, typically anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on how much time you have to spare.In this, we tend to cover an overview of disorders, the common signs and symptoms, how to support staff and how to open up and close conversations. We can customise content to your organisation to ensure it is as relevant as possible. 

    Eating Disorders Training is relevant to all staff who would like an understanding. We can provide specific training for managers who who would like to understand how to manage an employee with an eating disorder, or how to have conversations with those who may be suffering with an eating disorder. We can also provide information on how to signpost effectively. 

    Our sessions can run anywhere from 1 hour up to full day courses. The timing depends on how much content you wish to cover, and how much time you have available for the training. Contact our team to discuss your requirements further.

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