21. Eating disorders (part two)

Eating disorders (part two)

I can use a variety of internet tools to select relevant information and to understand a text in detail.


1. You are going to watch a video clip. While watching, think about the answers to the following questions: Where is Amy? Why does she not turn up? Which 12 things does she not like about herself?

2. Which topic for the class would you suggest to your teacher? Compare with your partner and discuss in the class.


You are going to deal with eating disorders in general from your personal point of view.

1. Connect to Linoit.com with your class account. Open a new canvas with your class. Upload a (free) picture (Flicker.com, googleimages.com) promoting unhealthy eating habits or shows a person who suffers from an eating disorder. Add and upload a (free) picture (Flicker.com, googleimages.com) promoting healthy eating habits or showing a person not suffering from any eating disorders. Add a comment to your pictures respectively and post them on the canvas.

2. Compare the pictures and the comments with the rest of the class, explain your choice of “healthy” and “unhealthy”.


You are going to deal with eating disorders more specifically from your personal point of view. Your task is


  • a. to read the paragraph about the person with an eating disorder,
  • b. to name the eating disorder,
  • c. to describe the signs showing that the person is suffering from a disorder in not more than five sentences,
  • d. to copy the b. and c. answers to a blank word document.
  • e. to think and write down how the problem they have or the disorder affects their life and the lives of their family members, friends, school (not more than five or six sentences)
  • f. to copy the e. answer on the word document, too

2. to report on the findings and conclusions of the group work and to discuss them with the class.

Alexis is 15. At 5’4” tall and 125 pounds, she looks in the mirror and sees a fat person. At dinner, she has started telling her parents, “I’m not hungry – I’ll eat later.” But Alexis doesn’t eat later because she has begun to starve herself in secret. For the past week, she’s been eating about 400 calories per day.

Justin is a taekwondo fighter – the best in his weight class. But he needs to stay in that weight class. If he gains just 5 pounds, he’ll get bumped up a class and have to wrestle larger guys and possibly lose. Justin exercises obsessively. He also takes laxatives to lose weight, and he has thrown up a few times after friends dragged him out for fast food. Justin even stops drinking water a day before he gets weighed for a match.

Emma is so fit and healthy, she doesn’t even get her period anymore – or at least, that’s how Emma sees it. As a top high school athlete, she trains all the time. Without the knowledge of her parents or coach, she has also dropped her intake to 800 calories per day. If she goes over, she makes herself throw up.



How tall is Alexis in centimeters?

How much does she weigh in kilograms?

How much are 5 pounds in grams Justin doesn’t want to gain?

Can you calculate your height in feet, inches and and weight in pounds?


You are going to play a part and put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You are going to play a part of a parent (mother or father, a peer, a school staff (headmaster, teacher), journalist, a Ministry of Health representative. Either as parents or peers, or teachers/headmasters, or journalists, or Ministry of Health representatives you should agree on the advice you could give to a person affected in the texts from the beginning of the class.

Agree upon one or two pieces of advice, write them on a sticky note and post them on the canvas.

STEP FIVE Read other pupils’ conclusions and discuss the usefulness and efficiency of the advice provided. At home you may reflect upon the class and write a blog entry (using not more than 100 words) and sign it using Amy’s name. (tinyurl.com/zly66xv, www.blogger.com)

You are welcome to send your piece of writing to your teacher in an email so as to be revised and published in your school (online) newspapers.


Search the internet and find out about orthorexia and the reasons why it isn’t an eating disorder. Take your point of view.

(Sites suggested: tinyurl.com/pbuoozq, tinyurl.com/mva8jhv)

Write then a description of an invented orthorexics similar to the one’s you read today in the class (definition, signs of the disorder, social consequences). Post it on the class Linoit canvas.