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Resources & Support
for Schools & Educators

MiEDA is here to help connect teachers and students with eating disorder resources!

Information on Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are not simply attempts to lose weight; they are serious, potentially life-threatening mental health conditions. They can affect people of all genders, ages, races, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. Learn more about the common types of eating disorders here.

There are a lot of myths out there about eating disorders which can create barriers to treatment for many who are suffering. We've curated a document with some of the important truths are this serious mental illness. 

National Eating Disorder Support Resources

A national nonprofit organization providing referrals, education, and support for individuals experiencing eating disorders and their loved ones. Helpline: 1-866-662-1235.

A free peer support community with groups, mentorship program, and treatment referrals available to anyone struggling with an eating disorder and their families. Helpline: 1-888-375-7767

Our friends at BE REAL are spreading body confidence across the entire country, so every child can grow up with a healthy relationship to food and their body. Learn more about our collaboration with them below! 

A nonprofit organization offering programs in the following areas: meal support; clinical assessment; insurance navigation, and cash assistance.

A nonprofit organization offering clinical and educational services to individuals, families, and professionals.

Additional Resources

A curated list by Eating Recovery Center including suggested titles for adults, teens, children, and providers. 

MiEDA is proud to have sponsored the PREMIERE showing of the documentary film, The Student Body, in 2017. A few years later, MiEDA created an educational version of the film, designed to be shown in classrooms. A link to that version can be found here

 

One of our partner organizations, BE REAL has developed a lesson plan and teacher tool kit to accompany the film; as well as a “Don’t Weigh Me in School” campaign. Click here to access those materials for your classroom or school!

About The Film

The Student Body, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Webber, follows the inspiring story of a shy high school student turned brave journalist who seeks justice for her peers. In her home state of Ohio, lawmakers had passed a controversial mandate forcing schools to perform body mass index (BMI) tests on students. Coined the “Fat Letters” by students, notification letters
were sent to kids whose body mass did not fall within a narrowly acceptable range, essentially telling children, even as young as kindergarteners, that they were fat. When a determined sixth-grader in Ohio voices her protest against the letters, student journalist Bailey Webber (daughter of the producer) was inspired to take up her fight. Convinced that her fellow students are being unfairly profiled and bullied by the government, Bailey’s investigation soon turns into a battle of wills between herself and the bureaucrats who passed the law. The Student Body is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government hypocrisy. 

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