Eating Disorders in Boarding Schools

I’ve given a talk last week at the Boarding Schools of Great Britain conference in London. The subject was eating disorders and this was the best attended event they have had for ages. The morning was me and the afternoon was case studies.

At any one time there are children in schools with dangerous eating practices and self hatred. But schools are just there to teach, how can they possibly deal with all the mental health issues they have to face?

There are stories of children who are starving and purging and boys taking supplements and exercising so much they can hardly stand up. These kids are not just ill, they are also affecting everyone around them. What is a school to do?

Ive written more about this on my blog. If you are a teacher or you have a school mate in trouble, check out my blog on and you can get in touch with us if you need to.