eating disorders

Eating Disorders in the Workplace

Eating Disorders in the Workplace

February 1st-7th, 2016 marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), an initiative aimed at promoting the message that “eating disorders can and do affect everyone” (National Eating Disorder Information Centre, 2014). Although there is no single cause for eating disorders, concerns about body weight and body shape play a role in all eating disorders. The actual cause of these disorders appears to result from a combination of genetic, neurobiologic, socio-cultural, behavioural, and psychological factors (Williams, Goodie, & Motsinger, 2008). Since eating disorders involve private rather than public behaviour, assessment in the work environment can be quite difficult (Tompkins, 2011).