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bewell

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My non-ED son is in middle school and this year they are taking a health class in the semester after the new year. Knowing that ED is a biological illness I am scared that it could become a trigger for him. Does anybody have an experience with this or a suggestion how to talk to school about it?
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There are lots of threads on here about health class for the actual ED sufferer, but not so much that I recall regarding siblings' health classes. One idea is to use some of the educational materials here and elsewhere to educate the educators about ED triggers and the data on obesity etc. My experience is that this does not work. You could pull the kid from the class, depending on if they are open to that. I might consider doing that. You of course at home are advocating for free eating etc., but if it's ED it's not clear that anything can prevent it. I'll be curious as to what others suggest.
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Bewell- get a Doctor’s note to excuse him.. have him sit in the counselors office.. my daughter’s middle school health class triggered our nightmare. 11-year-old d counting calories and journaling food for a week. We had no idea she would become obsessed with being “healthy.” They also taught about eating disorders! Sigh..
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Eh- I understand your suggestion to pull him out of this class, but how? What doctor could give this kind of note? He does not have a diagnosis ( omg, hopefully never will!!). I will talk to the school counselor this Wednesday, we'll see what she says. I still have to figure out this stupid health class for my ED D (maybe take an online health course and finish it myself for her😜), but I think I have time for that, but my son's class starts so soon.
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Can his pediatrician write one? Maybe something generic like, “please excuse John Doe from this class as it is not reccommended at this time. “ Hope he can get out of it. My Ds school knows her history, and she has been excused from this class, as well as gym. I’d hope a doctors note would be enough,and they wouldn’t ask any questions. Good luck
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Hi bewell,

When my ED D was about to take a health class in high school I talked to the teacher before the semester started.  Teacher was receptive and was interested in learning more about EDs (Yay for teacher!).  Teacher also told me how and when (which weeks) mental illness and nutrition were covered.  I emailed Teacher info from FEAST and AED.  I asked Teacher to NOT have the class keep a food journal and referenced the info from FEAST and AED that said this was a bad idea.  D's therapist was prepared to write her a note excusing her from that assignment.  Teacher did not have the class keep a food journal and made only cursory mention of EDs (for better or worse - at least my D and her classmates didn't hear misinformation).

As one forum member suggested to me, ask the teacher what the goal is for having the students keep a food log.  There are other ways to meet any positive goals.  

Why not try the same tactics, explaining to the teacher that student's sibling has an ED?

Or can your son fulfill the health class requirement online?


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