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 rece