Eating Disorders Training

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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.

 Remote and Nationwide Training Available
1 - 8 hours (depending on content)

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    I recently joined a free webinar and it was fab! Very informative without feeling overwhelming or boring.
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    Our company used PMAC for various bespoke training sessions and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Communication was excellent and efficient, and the sessions themselves were incredibly helpful, engaging and enjoyable. The PMAC team were a joy to work with and we look forward to having them back again soon.
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    Lauren Yates
    The Neurodiversity in the Workplace session I attended was brilliant. Since my son received his Autism diagnosis, I have attend lots of training, webinars and conferences. This session was by far the most informative. It was delivered with enthusiasm and by someone with lived experience. I would highly recommend this session.
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    Attended the Neurodivergence in the Workplace bitesize webinar. A lot of content covered in 45 minutes by the wonderful Hayley. Extremely informative and helpful in how neurodivergence in the workplace can be better supported. Thank you pmac team.
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    We had a training session provided by Hayley from PMAC. The training was informative, engaging and all participants were encouraged to participate during the session. Would definitely recommend Hayley and PMAC if you have any training needs! 5* all the way!
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    I approached PMAC for some training earlier this year to improve my ability to support our staff members. The training was absolutely brilliant. They phoned me in advance to get an idea of what exactly I needed, and how they could best tailor it to our business/ individuals. This really helped to personalise the experience - I've had so many instances of generic training in the past - it was great that they considered what elements they could specifically touch on in order to make the training bespoke for us. On the day itself, we did virtual training (although in person was also an option). The quality of the video/audio was great. The trainer (Hayley) was absolutely wonderful. She had prepared an extremely thorough and engaging presentation for us. The training lasted for 4 hours but had a couple of breaks in which did help. It was great to have training from someone who has such a well rounded knowledge of the issues we wanted to learn about, and her delivery was excellent - she was open to answering uncomfortable questions - and encouraged us to be open and not shy away from what could have been quite delicate issues. She then followed up the training with the power point, and assured us that we could call for help again if needed. 10/10 experience - would very very highly recommend! Thank you Hayley and Peter for all of your help!
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    Hayley is a really engaging presenter and the two ‘Introduction to Neurodivergence’ webinars that she ran for us were excellent. The content was super interesting and informative, and it was a great opportunity to open up conversations in the team about neurodivergence. The feedback from everyone (myself included!) was really positive and I’d definitely recommend PMAC to anybody looking for mental health training.
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    Understanding Eating Disorders

    You’ll have probably heard about eating disorders in the news and on social media. They’ve even been shown in multiple popular storylines on Eastenders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, but do you truly understand what an eating disorder is? 

    Eating disorders are pervasive, affecting individuals irrespective of gender, age, or background. They present formidable challenges to both physical health and emotional wellbeing. Despite their widespread occurrence, the journey towards recovery is frequently impeded by persistent misconceptions and stereotypes, creating barriers to timely access to essential treatment and support. 

    To address the multifaceted challenges posed by eating disorders, it becomes imperative to dispel the many myths surrounding them and gain a better understanding of these conditions.  

    Raising awareness about the diverse nature of eating disorders and their impact is vital not only to developing empathy but also to dismantle the obstacles preventing individuals from seeking the necessary help. 

    The Three Types of Eating Disorder

    These disorders, ranging from anorexia nervosa to bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, manifest in diverse ways but share the common thread of profoundly impacting the lives of those affected. 

    Before trying to support a friend, family member or colleague, it’s crucial to understand the three main types of eating disorders: 

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    • Anorexia Nervosa: Individuals with this disorder harbour a fear of weight gain, often perceiving themselves as overweight regardless of their actual size. They may adopt restrictive eating habits, excessive exercise, or other methods to thwart weight gain. 


    • Bulimia Nervosa: Those with bulimia frequently engage in binge-eating episodes, followed by behaviours like self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or misuse of laxatives to prevent weight gain. 


    • Binge Eating Disorder: Unlike anorexia and bulimia, individuals with this disorder don’t engage in compensatory behaviours. They feel out of control during binges, often experiencing subsequent guilt or shame. 


    At PMAC, we offer eating disorder training for businesses of all sizes. We know that having a strong understanding of these disorders is the first step in building a solid support system.  

    Knowing about them, having some empathy, and supplying routes to professional support are the big players in helping someone through an eating disorder.  


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    I took the stress management training course in London and found it very useful.

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    My company opted to use PMAC for in-house training, Hayley was incredibly professional and fun to work with. 

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    Feel so much more relaxed at work after training. Would recommend. 

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    What Causes an Eating Disorder?

    Eating disorders represent intricate mental health challenges stemming from a complex interplay of genetic, biological, behavioural, and social factors.  

    When it comes to eating disorders, no single cause stands alone; instead, these conditions often emerge from a combination of influences.  

    Remember, eating disorders are not choices but serious illnesses requiring professional intervention and support. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or cultural background.

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    • Genetics  

    Genetics have a significant influence on the development of eating disorders. Individuals with a family history of eating disorders have a heightened risk of developing an eating disorder. Biological elements, including irregular hormone functions or nutritional deficiencies, also contribute to their onset. 

    • Personality Traits 

    Personality traits such as perfectionism, impulsivity, or anxiety can predispose individuals to eating disorders. These traits may act as triggers when coupled with societal pressures and cultural norms of body image. 

    • Media and Societal Expectations 

    The media and perceived societal expectations also play a pivotal role in the development of eating disorders. Social media, films, music videos and TV create unrealistic beauty standards, especially among young people. These perceived standards then contribute to a distorted self-perception and an unhealthy focus on weight and body shape. 

    • Life Events  

    Significant life events or natural transitions can act as triggers. Puberty, relocation, or starting a new job can be incredibly challenging for those grappling with low self-esteem or body image concerns. 

    With proper eating disorder training, businesses can proactively identify and support employees facing these challenges.  

    How To Support Employees With Eating Disorders

    Supporting employees grappling with eating disorders isn’t just a compassionate duty—it’s a pathway to substantial enhancements in workplace productivity and culture.  

    Navigating these delicate situations demands a blend of understanding, empathy, and knowledge. Eating disorders can severely impact physical health, mental wellbeing, and overall workplace functionality.  

    It’s vital to recognise that these disorders extend beyond food and weight, often rooted in self-esteem, control, and mental health challenges. 

    So, how can you support an employee facing an eating disorder?  

    • Create an environment of openness and trust through regular workshops, training sessions, and one-on-one meetings that normalise mental health and wellbeing conversations. 
    • Supply access to professional mental health services. Partnering with a mental health organisation can offer specialised training and support, including awareness programs, counselling services, and tailored intervention strategies. 
    • Ensure you have a well-defined policy outlining the company’s commitment to supporting those with mental health issues. This nurtures a supportive culture and ensures that everyone is aware of the procedures to follow if they or a colleague are affected.

    By cultivating an environment of understanding, offering access to professional support services, and implementing clear workplace policies, businesses significantly contribute to the wellbeing of their workforce.  

    Remember, a healthy workforce isn’t just happier—it’s also more productive. 

    What Is Eating Disorders Training?

    In the UK, where an estimated 1.25 million people grapple with eating disorders, having a knowledgeable and understanding workforce is not just beneficial; it’s crucial. It’s about creating a supportive, non-judgmental workplace where employees feel understood and safe. 

    At PMAC, we acknowledge the nuanced and delicate nature of eating disorders, requiring a compassionate and informed approach. We tailor our Eating Disorders Training to empower businesses and individuals with the necessary knowledge and tools to address these challenges effectively. 

    Our specialised Eating Disorders Training program educates on the complexities of these conditions, exploring psychological, physiological, and sociological aspects for a comprehensive understanding.  

    The primary goal is to equip businesses with the knowledge to recognise early signs, provide support, and create a positive environment for employees facing these challenges.  

    Understanding eating disorders goes beyond symptom identification; it involves grasping underlying factors, dispelling misconceptions, and challenging associated stigma. Our training offers insight into these aspects, breaking down barriers of misunderstanding and stigma. 

    Moreover, our training equips businesses with practical tools and strategies, teaching how to respond, approach conversations sensitively, and guide employees toward professional help when necessary. 

    What Does Eating Disorders Training Entail?

    Eating Disorders Training is crucial in fostering awareness and comprehension of these intricate conditions. While covering diverse topics, our training addresses different types of eating disorders, exploring their symptoms, causes, and impacts on health and wellbeing. 

    Our training delves into anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, each characterised by distinct patterns of disordered eating. Participants gain knowledge about recognising the signs and symptoms, ranging from drastic weight fluctuations to preoccupations with food and body image and secretive eating behaviours. 

    An integral aspect of Eating Disorder Training involves a deep exploration of the causative factors behind these disorders, encompassing psychological, social, and biological contributors. The discussion also delves into the influence of societal pressures and the role of media in shaping body image beliefs. 

    Beyond theoretical knowledge, the training imparts practical insights into supporting individuals with eating disorders. Emphasising empathy, understanding, and non-judgmental support underscores the significance of early intervention and the need for professional help. Attendees leave equipped with knowledge about referral pathways and available resources. 

    Eating Disorders Training aims to broaden understanding, challenge misconceptions, and provide individuals with the skills to offer practical support. 

    Why Is Eating Disorders Training Relevant For The Workplace?

    Remember, we must see our colleagues as more than just employees—they’re individuals with unique experiences and challenges.  

    Introducing Eating Disorders Training in the workplace is a super proactive step toward addressing this often-hidden issue. It’s a valuable resource for employers, helping create a supportive and understanding environment for everyone on the team.  

    These disorders can significantly impact an individual’s productivity, engagement, and overall job performance, leading to increased absenteeism and higher healthcare costs for the organisation.

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    Investing in Eating Disorders Training allows businesses to tackle these challenges head-on, supporting their staff while mitigating potential costs associated with these conditions. 

    Moreover, it’s about more than risk mitigation.  

    Offering comprehensive training in this area shouts loud and clear to employees that their wellbeing is a top priority for the company. It’s a crystal-clear message that the organisation values their overall health and happiness, not just their output. This approach can skyrocket morale, ramp up loyalty, and increase staff retention. 

    In a world where businesses are increasingly judged on their social responsibility, taking steps to address mental health issues like eating disorders sends a robust message to customers, clients, and potential recruits about your company’s values and ethos. 

    Eating Disorders Training is a game-changer in the workplace. It empowers businesses to effectively support their employees, harness a healthier working environment, and cultivate an even more compassionate and understanding corporate culture. 

    Don’t let this issue linger in the shadows; take a proactive stance and make a positive difference in your workplace today. 


    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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