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Friday, February 7 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Fat and Food: How Schools can Prevent Disordered Eating

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Our lives are punctuated by food. It is a part of many of our big moments. We celebrate First Birthdays with a cake smash. We eat ice cream to get over heartbreak. Not only do we need food to survive, but it is also culturally significant. We need it but many people are at war with food and their bodies. Many people spend their lives dieting. They diet before graduation, a wedding, or after having a baby. According to the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC, 2017), dieting is the most common example of disordered eating. When do we learn that food has the power to make us happy or cause serious distress? How do we develop the habit of skipping meals, not eating in public, or using food as an emotional band-aid? No one tells a child that these are good habits but many adults still find themselves doing a juice cleanse to get control of their sugar cravings. There are many factors that influence our beliefs about food and bodies (Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 2011). As educators, we do not have control over social media or a parent’s new diet but there is still work that we can do in the class. Teacher’s beliefs and behaviours influence how students develop their own relationship with food and body image (O'Dea & Maloney, 2000). This presentation will answer the following research questions: How does disordered eating impact students? How can schools reduce the chances that students will develop disordered eating?

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Pamela Sims

I am an Elementary teacher with a passion for social justice. I have been teaching since 2012 and received my Master of Education in 2019. My Master of Education focused on student mental health and creating healthy schools.

Friday February 7, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am MST
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  General Interest / Intérêt Général  Guidance / Counselling
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English