School-Based Eating Disorders Prevention Program

Eating Disorders are diseases of isolation; they disrupt every part of an individual’s life. Disordered eating patterns, as well as diagnosable cases of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder are progressive, chronic and sometimes fatal.

FREED’s school-based prevention program is designed to inform and empower all members of the school community in their understanding of body, weight, size and related issues connected to disordered eating and eating disorders.

Participants acquire the skills and knowledge to build resiliency in the face of unrelenting societal and internal pressures, while also gaining information about resources in order to help the people they care about. We want our students to understand what a healthy relationship with body, food and exercise looks like, and to be part of building and maintaining a healthy school climate.

Of 1st – 3rd Graders Want to Be Thinner
Of Girls in 5th – 12th Grade Report Wanting To Lose Weight Because of Magazine Pictures
Of Teenage Girls Use Unhealthy Weight Management Behaviors Such as Skipping Meals, Fasting, Smoking Cigarettes, and Using Laxatives
Thank you for coming to our class. Your time meant a lot to all of us. Eating disorders aren’t talked about enough and what you do is amazing. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and for listening to mine.
K.B., Grade 9 Student
Thank you so much for teaching my class more about eating disorders… I feel more comfortable talking about it now. I can finally help friends who are struggling with their weight and body image. You are a good teacher and I hope you keep on inspiring kids.
K., Grade 9 Student

Disordered-Eating Patterns and Eating Disorders Are Preventable

Providing expert disordered eating prevention education is a small action that can make a big difference in the health of your school community. We accomplish this through:

  • The teaching of up-to-date facts, trends, and the dispelling of common myths
  • Cognitive dissonance exercises aimed at reducing the risk factors of internalizing the “thin ideal” and body dissatisfaction
  • Activities that help to build healthy connections
  • Encouragement of the use of national and local resources
  • Education and practice of healthy coping skills
  • Group discussion and questions

Schools We Have Visited

Our Prevention Programming Team has made presentations to over 5500 middle school and high school students.


Meet the Prevention Specialist

Her role is to provide eating disorders prevention education to school communities including students, teachers and parents.


Prevention Programming FAQs

Will giving our students information about eating disorders give them new and harmful way on thow to lose weight?


What’s Better Than Finding a Cure for Eating Disorders?
Finding A Way to Prevent Them.

Involve Your School in a Prevention Program