Melbourne, Apr 21: In their eagerness to promote healthy eating among their students, teachers are inadvertently driving teenage girls to develop eating disorders, a new research has warned.
The study, by researchers at Loughborough University, warns that teachers are fuelling disorders such as anorexia and bulimia but making kids acutely aware of how much they weigh. John Evans, a professor of Sociology of Education and Physical Education at the university, told Britain's the Daily Telegraph that a lot of girls "strongly believed that their illness was nurtured, exacerbated or sometimes even caused by the well-meaning action in schools".
"The tales they told were incredibly revealing about what schools were doing, in good faith, that was propelling these girls towards this damaging relationship with food and exercise," News.com.au quoted him, as telling the paper.
"One girl told how, in class, the PE teacher pointed to a broomstick and said, 'That's the shape we are aiming for'."
Prof Evans based his conclusion on a research carried out with colleagues during which they interviewed 40 girls in a four-year study.
The UK's National Healthy Schools Program requires schools to provide visible evidence of healthy eating, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. It was launched in 1999.