For Professionals

If you have a student or work with an athlete with negative body image issues or who is showing signs of an eating disorder, you may be able to reach out to the individual, their friends and/or their family. Your support and guidance can play a significant role in their healthy recovery.  The following are some resources that you may find helpful.

Hear Me, Understand Me, Support Me

This is an initiative of CAMH and explores the diverse challenges that young women experience in relation to depression; prevention strategies; healthy helping relationships; the dos and don’ts of working with young women; and referrals and resources that can provide more information. Each section has three key features: “Hear Me,” “Understand Me” and “Support Me.”


Teen Truth: An Inside Look at Body Image

This 22 minute documentary film intertwines compelling teen interviews with true stories of young men and women who are struggling to overcome their dangerous fixations on an unhealthy self-image. With a focus on teen performance enhancing drug use and eating disorders, the film challenges youth to think differently about how they see themselves and their peers. The film is accompanied by a curriculum package to stimulate discussion.

View the trailer  here.

Order your copy here.

Book a Teen Truth Live presentation for your school here.

National Eating Disorder Association Educators Toolkit
The NEDA Educator Toolkit is a resource for educators and staff who work in a school setting or those who work with youth outside of school. The resource provides information on frequently asked questions, signs and symptoms, as well as tips for communicating with students that are struggling and their parents.

Reflections of Me…The ETFO Body Image Project for Teachers
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Body Image Project for Teachers is an integrated, research-based, whole-school curriculum package designed for K to 8 classrooms. This program assists teachers in ensuring that children in all elementary grades develop positive body image and self-esteem. The resource can be purchased from ETFO’s online store shopETFO.

Media Awareness Network
The Media Awareness Network provides teachers with valuable media and internet education resources including:  lesson plans, classroom activities, background articles, professional development workshops and much more!

The Student Body: Promoting Health at Any Size is a teacher training module designed to help alert teachers (and parents) to the factors that can trigger unhealthy dieting among children, and ways to prevent it.

Dove Self Esteem Resources:  Self-Esteem Workshop Guide For Teachers of Girls & Boys Aged 11-14 Esteem_Workshop_Guide_For_Teachers_of_Girls_Boys_Aged_11-14.aspx

Healthy Living and Development Department, Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit:
A Tool for Every Teacher – How to Positively Impact Students:


National Eating Disorders Association Coach & Trainer Toolkit

The NEDA Coach & Trainer Toolkit is a resource for coaches and trainers. The resource provides information on frequently asked questions, signs and symptoms, and tips for communicating with athletes who may be struggling.

“BodySense: A Positive Body Image Initiative for Athletes” is an exciting, innovative and novel approach to building safe and healthy sport environments. This outreach initiative is dedicated to fostering positive body image in male and female athletes to proactively prevent disordered eating and muscle dysmorphia.


‘Psychological Health and Safety  – an Action Guide for Employers”.  A very helpful document from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.



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