Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?

The week of 24th February – 2nd March 2014 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It’s a great time to increase your understanding, especially if your answer to my question was, “not a lot”. Check out the beat (beating eating disorders charity) website for information about eating disorders. For me, the best way to learn about disorders are through the stories of people who have experienced them. Read recovery stories, for example Jonathan or Amy‘s, and look out for how eating disorders affect roles and occupational performance, and the part occupation can play in recovery. The website has a range of information resources including a guide for athletes and information about eating disorders in the workplace.

As a precursor to Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we will be hosting an #OTalk twitter chat about occupational therapy and eating disorders on 18 February 2014 at 8pm GMT (click the link for local time). You don’t need to be an occupational therapist to join in, and we welcome participation from people who have experience of eating disorders in their own lives or the lives of people they care about.  The transcript of the #OTalk chat about eating disorders and occupational therapy can be found at this link.

Occupational Therapy-related resources you may wish to check out:

I hope to be able to get back online again before the chat to update this list. If you have any other occupational therapy/eating disorders resources to recommend, please leave a comment!

7 thoughts on “What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?”

  1. Some useful books/articles:
    Abeydeera, K. Willis, S. Forsyth, K (2006) Occupation focused assessment and intervention for clients with anorexia. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 13, 7 p296
    Costa, D.M. (2009) Eating Disorders: Occupational Therapy’s Role. OT Practice.14, 11 p 13-16
    Hart, M (2007) Chapter 11: Nutrition and refeeding. In: Lask, B. Bryant-Waugh, R. (eds) Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (3rd ed) Routledge.
    Singlehurst,H, Corr, S, Griffiths, S, Beaulieu, K. (2007) The impact of binge-eating disorder on occupation: A pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 70, 493-501

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