National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

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In August of 2010 American Viewpoint, a public opinion research company, conducted a telephone survey of American adults for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). This survey polled a nationwide sample of one thousand adults in the United States and found that eighty-six percent of participants favored schools providing information about eating disorders to students and parents. Other relevant statistics that emphasize the need for education include: * 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991). * 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992). * Over one-half of teenage girls…show more content…
Auditory learners of the audience will benefit most from the transfer of information through listening to the spoken words of the speaker. Visual learners learn best by seeing or visualization of the material. These learners will benefit from the powerpoint that will be incorporated with the spoken education of the teacher. The power point would include pictures of adolescence who have eating disorders, diagrams displaying statistics and risk factors for the development of an eating disorder, as well as a handout that will be provided that will list the signs and behaviors that each parent should watch for. Tactile learners learn best by moving and doing. These learners would most likely benefit the most from the activity that is designed to get the audience up and moving so the presentation does not loose interest of these kinesthetic learners. The audience would be asked to go to one of the provided tables in the back of the auditorium or gym that the assembly is being held (based on attendance tables would have no more than 15 people). Each table will be divided by scotch tape into 3 sections labeled unhealthy, healthy, and eating disorder associated behavior. There will also be a stack of laminated cards that describe a sign/symptom, eating ritual, or eating behavior. Parents and their child will be asked to place each card in one of the divided sections. This activity will get their minds thinking about what their current perception of an eating disorder is as well as give the teacher an idea of where the audiences knowledge base

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