The majority of eating disorders emerge during the teenage years when body image and self-esteem can be particularly vulnerable to outside influences.
For this reason, Bodywhys strives to work with teachers and students to provide an understanding of eating disorders, as well as promoting positive body image amongst young people.
The ‘Be Body Positive’ schools programme is delivered to class groups in the school setting and is suitable for students from 2nd year to 6th year.
The programme runs for 70-80 minutes and includes information about eating disorders, self-esteem, and media influence on body image.
Please note: There is no charge for the 'Be Body Positive' programme (as a charity organisation we can accept donations).
You can download a copy of the school talks application form here.
Please note that our school talks service is currently limited to the Leinster area but will be expanding in the coming months.
For more information on our school talks service please contact our Youth Development Officer.
Bodywhys have produced a resource specifically for schools to deal with the issues around eating disorders and body image.
The resource, iFigure, is a CD-ROM which aims to address the issue of eating disorders by raising awareness and providing information on the main risk factors associated with eating disorders.
Such risk factors include low self esteem, negative body image, media images and the relationship between our emotions and eating habits.
iFigure is divided into three main modules, along with a separate section with personal stories, through which young people can discover, discuss and learn about the impact of eating disorders and related body image disorders.
To receive a copy of the iFigure resource, you can email email@example.com.
Bodywhys would like to thank the Vodafone Ireland Foundation for their support in producing the iFigure resource.
A selection of information sheets and posters are available for schools by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PDF version of our information sheet for teachers and youth workers can be downloaded here.
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