The WMS Disability Network would like to extend our support for the “Eating Disorders Training for Medical Students” curated and provided by BEAT.
Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of all mental health conditions and can have devastating impacts on the individual and their loved ones. Furthermore, research suggests that early intervention can lead to better outcomes for those struggling with an eating disorders and reduced long-term effects on both physical and mental health.
That being said, BEAT have found that on average medical students receive just 2 hours of teaching on eating disorders and the PHSO found that the majority of medical professionals had little or no training during their medical education. Without an understanding of the many ways eating disorders can present and the impacts of an eating disorder on an individuals life, we are unable to provide the best or most effective care needed.
The training provided by BEAT covers a wide range of presentations, signs, symptoms and co-morbidities associated with an individual struggling with an eating disorder. The training is evidence-based and provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice skills in a safe and structured environment and allows students to feel more confident in their abilities or approaching these conversations with individuals who are struggling.
As the WMS Disability Network, we would like to see this training rolled out nationally and encourage all medical students to engage with this programme to ensure we are effectively equipped for our future careers.