From Risk to Resilience: Eating Disorders

‘Although eating disorders can develop at any age, the risk is highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age.’ National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

From Risk to Resilience: Eating Disorders presentations (in-person or online) help prevent the  impact of eating disorders on young people’s lives and education. They are suitable for students Year 9 upwards, teachers, other pastoral staff, or parents/carers. They normally last for 45 minutes followed by a question/answer session, but timing can be adjusted to suit.

These multi-media presentations will be tailored specifically to the needs of the attendees, using language and style that is appropriate for them.

Attendees will:

  • Be inspired to see that the devastating impact of eating disorders can be averted by the appropriate knowledge of students, teachers, other pastoral staff, and parents/carers.
  • Gain insight into a range of eating disorders, and their impact upon the person’s life and education.
  • Build knowledge to help identify the most common biological, psychological and sociocultural risk factors for the development of an eating disorder.
  • Build skills to help students turn those risk factors into resilience.
  • Secure an ability to spot the most common signs of an eating disorder, and build skills in responding appropriately.


From Risk to Resilience: Eating Disorders is presented live by Nick Pollard, with his daughter Dr McNaught on video. Set in the context of Dr McNaught’s recovery from anorexia in her teenage years, their inspirational personal stories illustrate the detailed information.

Dr Elizabeth McNaught MBBS DRCOG is a medical doctor with lived experience of eating disorders, having become very ill with anorexia at the age of 14. She is author of the best-selling book Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia and co-author of The Oxford Specialist Handbook on Eating Disorders.

Nick Pollard BSc (Psych) MBPsS FRSA is the father of Dr Elizabeth McNaught and therefore has a personal, as well as professional, knowledge of eating disorders. He is the director of Family Mental Wealth, a social-enterprise working with the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and is co-author of The Oxford Specialist Handbook on Eating Disorders.

An example of one of the videos of Dr McNaught included in the presentation.


‘A positive and hopeful message, that provides students and parents with useful
and practical strategies for building improved mental well-being.’
Mr Robert Smith, Assistant Head Pastoral, Portsmouth High School (GDST).

‘The presentation by Nick Pollard and Dr Elizabeth McNaught was packed full of important and detailed information but in a way that made it very accessible. This information was further illustrated by powerful personal stories. Nick’s perspective as a father was particularly poignant and insightful. Both staff and pupils found the presentation genuinely inspirational and educative. I recommend them highly.’
Lisa Greatwood, Head of PSHE, Rugby School.

‘Nick Pollard and Dr Elizabeth McNaught are both inspirational speakers who are able to articulate a very personal and powerful account of a young woman’s journey towards overcoming anorexia, and the extent to which her family understanding and support was crucial to her recovery. They give clear, simple guidance to enable parents and teachers to listen and advise with confidence. I recommend them highly.’
Brenda McDonald, Director of Sixth Form, Kingston Grammar School.

Costs (excl VAT*)

  • In-person events £950 plus travel
  • Online events £350

* If the event is part of the school’s curriculum then no VAT is payable, if it is not part of the school’s curriculum then VAT will be added.

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