National Eating Disorders Association

Educators and coaches have an important role to play in eating disorders prevention and treatment.

If you work with a student or an athlete with negative body image issues who is showing signs of an eating disorder, you may be able to reach out to the individual, their friends and/or their family. Your support and guidance can play a significant role in their healthy recovery. 

For Educators

Educator Toolkit
The NEDA Educator Toolkit is a resource for educators, staff who work in a school setting or those who work with youth outside of school. If you want to understand more about eating disorders, if you’d like to know how to support students and young people who may be affected, this information will help you. Learn more.

Faculty and Student Guidelines
Whether you are an educator or a classmate, if you are concerned that a student is struggling with an eating disorder, these guidelines can help you guide them toward recovery. Learn more.

Some Don't For Educators
It is not always easy to know how to help someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. Reading this handout can help you avoid some common pitfalls. Learn more.

Tips for Kids on Eating Well and Feeling Good About Yourself
It is no fun to worry all the time about how much you weigh, how much you eat, or whether you are thin. Here are some things you can do. Learn more.

Eating Disorder Poster for Schools     Eating Disorder Poster for Schools
The NEDA Network developed a poster to raise awareness of eating disorder signs and symptoms and to provide pathways to help for students concerned about themselves or a friend. Print this poster on 11x17 paper and hang it in a school hallway to encourage eating disorder awareness and early intervention. Learn more.

Students and Eating Disorders: A Guide for Health Educators

The NEDA Network and Kathy Kater, LICSW developed guidelines on how to help a student who is concerned about their own or a friend's disordered eating, a list of essential resources and guidance on establishing a healthy school culture. Learn more.

For Coaches

Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit 
The Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit is a resource for staff who work in gyms, school settings, outside athletic groups, dance studios, etc. who would like to know how to support athletes who may be affected by eating disorders. We've included frequently asked questions and common myths about eating disorders, strategies for assisting athletes and much more. Learn more.

Athletes and Eating Disorders
In a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for anorexia nervosa. Though most athletes with eating disorders are female, male athletes are also at risk — especially those competing in sports that tend to place an emphasis on the athlete’s diet, appearance, size, and weight requirements. Learn more.

Compulsive Exercise
Compulsive exercising is a drive to participate in physical activity that significantly interferes with important activities, occurs at inappropriate times or in inappropriate settings, or when the individual continues to exercise despite injury or other medical complications. Learn more.

Tips for Coaches: Preventing Eating Disorders in Athletes
10 ways that coaches, trainers, and athletic directors can help keep their athletes healthy and prevent eating disorders. Learn more.