Eating Disorders

Unfortunately, since the pandemic, Eating Disorders have been on the rise. I’ve been seeing a lot of requests for updated lessons on Eating Disorders. So in this post you will find a variety of engaging lessons to help keep your students focused as they learn more about the three most common types of eating disorders.


  • Begin with the bell ringer prompt which asks students to respond to the quote “Sometimes food is more than food” and discuss their answers.
  • I like to follow that with one of my new favorite activities which is chat stations. With chat stations, students have to critically think and communicate with their partner or small group as they answer each of the prompts. I run the slide deck, projecting each prompt on the screen and move onto the next once groups are finished recording their responses on the Chat Station Response template.
  • After all chat stations have been completed, we discuss their responses. This helps me get a feel for what they already know about the topic.
  • The Thinspiration Flash Slide assignment is completely optional, but I find it to not only be a good fit with eating disorders, but interesting as well. Your call on whether you choose to include it.


  • iPads or Laptops
  • Projector & Screen
  • Color Pencils or Markers


  • In this part of the lesson, students are assigned a video to watch titled, “What is an Eating Disorder?” and an article to read titled, “Eating Disorders” as they complete a graphic organizer.
  • The graphic organizer information learned from the above article and video are used to complete a set of four tasks around eating disorders.
  • In Task #1, students count off by 3’s and are assigned one of the three common eating disorders to compare (see slide below). For the comparison, students are creating a “thick slide” using the Eduprotocol teaching strategy and template.
  • In Task #2, students apply the information learned by completing the “Classify the Characteristics of Eating Disorders” assignment. Students must color code characteristics associated with each eating disorder and may refer to their graphic organizer or resources if necessary.
  • For Task #3, students can either create sketchnote style words or illustrations associated with the internal and external conflict struggles that many people with eating disorders have on the Conflict Collage. For example, victims of anorexia may internally view themselves as heavy and needing to lose weight, while externally, they are dangerously thin.
  • Finally Task #4 has students creating a “Do’s & Don’t Resource Pamphlet” in CANVA, based on a provided realistic scenario dilemma. Pamphlet do’s and don’ts can be shared as a class so students have a variety of information to use if they find themselves in this situation.


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