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‘Although eating disorders can develop at any age, the risk is highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age.’ National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

‘Secondary school years are a crucial time for turning the risk of eating disorders into resilience against them. The current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence list fourteen indicators of an eating disorder; only four of which require medical knowledge, the other ten may be spotted first by a teacher, fellow student or parent.’ Dr Elizabeth McNaught

Alongside the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat we are delighted to offer informative and inspirational presentations on eating disorders. We provide up to three one-hour presentations on the same day, tailored for teachers, students or parents (but not a mixed group). These presentations are led by Dr Elizabeth McNaught and her father Nick Pollard.

Dr Elizabeth McNaught is a medical doctor with lived experience of eating disorders, having nearly died from anorexia at the age of 14. Since qualifying as a doctor she has written the best-selling book Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia. Dr McNaught now combines her clinical work as a hospital doctor with TV appearances and research for a PhD on protective factors against eating disorders.

Nick Pollard is Dr McNaught’s father. Despite his own undergraduate and postgraduate studies in cognitive psychology, he did not initially recognise and respond appropriately to his own daughter’s illness. He now speaks and broadcasts about the personal as well as professional insights he gained which became instrumental in her recovery. He is a social-entrepreneur, the author of 10 books, and a popular conference speaker.

‘Dr Elizabeth McNaught and Nick Pollard are both inspirational speakers who are able to articulate a very personal and powerful account of a young woman’s journey towards overcoming anorexia, and the extent to which her family understanding and support was crucial to her recovery. They give clear, simple guidance to enable parents and teachers to listen and advise with confidence. I recommend them highly.’
Brenda McDonald, Director of Sixth Form, Kingston Grammar School.

‘The presentation by Dr Elizabeth McNaught and Nick Pollard was packed full of important and detailed information but in a way that made it very accessible. This information was further illustrated by powerful personal stories. Nick’s perspective as a father was particularly poignant and insightful. Both staff and pupils found the presentation genuinely inspirational and educative. I recommend them highly’
Lisa Greatwood, Head of PSHE, Rugby School.

Attendees will:

  • Be inspired to see that the devastating impact of eating disorders can be averted by the appropriate knowledge and response of teachers, fellow students or parents.
  • Gain insight into a range of eating disorders, and their impact upon the person’s life and education.
  • Build knowledge to help identify the most common biological, psychological and social risk factors for the development of an eating disorder.
  • Build skills to help students turn those risk factors into resilience against an eating disorder.
  • Secure an ability to spot the most common signs of an emerging eating disorder, and build skills in responding appropriately.
  • Take away a workbook containing the PowerPoint slides, presentation summaries and pages of additional information through which they can continue to develop their knowledge and insight.

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Internal Publicity Material

If you have booked this presentation for your school please download this zip file of graphics and text to build appropriate internal publicity for your teachers, students or parents.