Discussing Diet, Dance and Disorders

NSCD PicDance teachers in Leeds are being introduced to an exciting new partnership aimed at helping students suffering from eating disorders at a workshop.

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance has teamed up with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust to run a special session for teachers and providers to raise awareness of the condition and highlight what help and support is available.

The event, organised by the School and the NHS Trust’s newly commissioned Specialist Eating Disorder Service for Children and Adolescents will also focus on the different types of eating disorders, and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Julie Franklin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust said, “We’re keen to work with groups of young people where the pressures and demands of their sport means that they’re more likely to struggle with their relationship with food and body image. Eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia are complex, but with the right intervention at the right time, most young people who develop them can make a full recovery.

“This workshop provides a unique opportunity for dance teachers to better understand the nature of eating disorders in this specialist group of young people, what causes them, and find out more about what specialist help and support is now available.”

National prevalence rates suggest that 0.5 per-cent of the female population aged between 15 and 18 will develop anorexia, equating to 100 young people in Leeds.

Georgia Cooper, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance said, “The NSCD has developed innovative ways of working with their elite performers to help them to develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. We’re hoping  that by collaborating and bringing in the clinical expertise of the Eating Disorders Service, we can raise awareness of eating disorders amongst the dance community, offer expert advice and  a prompt intervention where required.”

Anybody wanting to contact the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service can do so on 0113 8434468.