Many young men and women in today’s society are dissatisfied with their bodies. The pressure to achieve cultural body image ideals starts as early as age 6, and often results in eating and exercise, or “activity,” disorders. Eating disorders have the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness and can lead to serious physiological problems.

In this course, you will learn to recognize the signs that a student—female or male—may be at risk for or suffering from an eating or exercise disorder. For these children and teens, early and sensitive intervention is key, so you will learn how to approach students to get them the professional help they need. You will also study common causes and symptoms of exercise and eating disorders so you can help students establish a healthy body image and positive relationship toward food and exercise.

Using the knowledge and strategies from this course, you’ll be equipped to not only recognize and intervene with students who have eating and exercise disorders, but also help every student in your class establish a positive body image and healthy eating habits.