In this edition of SchoolTV - EATING DISORDERS

Understanding an eating disorder can be difficult for families. There are many myths around what causes an eating disorder, but it is actually diagnosed as a mental illness. Although the focus is on food, weight and shape, there is often an underlying issue being masked by the eating disorder. It is the biggest killer of any psychiatric illness for young people. It affects both males and females of any age or background.


An eating disorder is a serious and potentially life-threatening mental health illness. It can have significant physical and emotional effects. The beginning of adolescence and late teens are peak periods for kids to experience their first symptoms. Young people with eating disorders can have reductions in cognitive function, emotional changes and may even stop participating in their normal daily activities.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn what warning signs to look for and what can be done in the prevention of an eating disorder.


We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact McKinnon Secondary College’s Student Wellbeing via wellbeing@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au for further information or seek medical or professional help.


Here is the link to the Eating Disorders edition of SchoolTV



Kindest Regards,


Patty Etcell

Student Wellbeing Coordinator