For Educators

Massachusetts statistics say 10% of high school students try to control their weight by fasting, vomiting or using laxatives.

11% of high school students are diagnosed with an eating disorder at some point in their high school career (ANAD, 2014), and every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder (Eating Disorders Coalition, 2016). School staff are often the first to notice the all-important signs of a child or adolescent struggling with an eating disorder. On average, one teacher reaches 30 children a day. With your help, we can reach & support thousands of Massachusetts children facing eating disorder challenges.

In order to help schools learn to better identify and support students struggling with disordered eating or exercise, MEDA has developed The Sooner the Better initiative for educators. The purpose of this educational program is to train school faculty on identifying eating disorders and appropriate early interventions. Research has proven that the earlier a student receives treatment, the better the chances of full recovery.

For more information on how to schedule our training at your school, please contact MEDA at education@medainc.org or 617-558-1881.

For Physicians & Nurses

“Good physicians treat the disease. Great ones treat the patient.”

Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder (Eating Disorders Coalition, 2016). However, eating disorders can be successfully treated with appropriate interventions, yet only one-third of persons with eating disorders receive the best possible care. On average, one Primary Care Physician sees 25-30 patients a day. With your help, we can reach & support thousands of Massachusetts youth facing eating disorder challenges.

By educating your staff through MEDA’s The Sooner the Better initiative, you can ensure that your patients are receiving the care they need. Email MEDA at education@medainc.org to schedule an in-office presentation to train your staff on best practices for identifying eating disorders, working with weight stigma, and referring clients for eating disorder treatment

Or call MEDA at 617-558-1881 if you have a patient who is exhibiting signs of an eating disorder or a parent who is concerned about their child.

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For Residence Directors & Assistants

“Educate Yourself. Empower Your Residents.”

In a recent national survey of college students, 20% of respondents said they suspected that they had suffered from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. At MEDA, we specialize in helping those affected by eating disorders. We offer assessments, support groups, skill sessions and parent-family services. On average, one Resident Director oversees 10-15 Resident Advisors who guide 40-60 students per hall.

Boston is home to 35 colleges, universities, and community colleges — there are about 152,000 students at Boston’s institutions of higher learning. If 20% of college students report suffering from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, that means 30,400 students have been touched by an eating disorder in Boston alone.

With your help, we can reach & support thousands of Massachusetts students facing eating disorder challenges. Resident Assistants and Residence Hall Directors are often the first university contacts to be made aware of a student struggling with an eating disorder.

In order to help RAs learn how to better identify and support students struggling with disordered eating or exercise, MEDA has developed The Sooner the Better initiative for Residence Directors and RAs. The purpose of this educational program is to train RAs and university residence faculty on identifying eating disorders and appropriate early interventions. Research has proven that the earlier a student receives treatment, the better the chances of full recovery.

For more information on how to schedule a training at your school, please contact MEDA at education@medainc.org or 617-558-1881.

For Parents and Guardians

“The Sooner the Better.”

Self-esteem and body image problems can lead to serious health problems in our children.  Although it is important for all of us to eat healthily and exercise regularly, many of our children have unrealistic expectations about how they should look. When faced with conflicting societal pressures many children come to believe they are overweight and unattractive, regardless of their body size. Unfortunately, the shame these children feel is often reinforced by their peers as well.

Children between the ages of nine and fourteen are in particularly vulnerable. This is a pivotal time for promoting a positive sense of self and body confidence. It is also critical that parents understand that issues relating to food and body image are generally illustrative of some kind of emotional distress. Helping your child talk about feelings will help foster a positive relationship with their body.

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If you are concerned about your child’s body image or eating habits, it is important to speak with a professional. Contact us, we are here to help.