Emmerdale actress shares her eating disorder struggles with Doncaster students

A Yorkshire based actress who, herself has struggled with an eating disorder, shared her story with a group of Doncaster students recently.

By Stephanie Bateman
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 1:19 pm

Gemma Oaten delivered an informative talk on the dangers of eating disorders to a group of Club Doncaster Sports College students at the Keepmoat Stadium. It was part of a regional tour organised by SEED support services who work to help people who are living with eating disorders.

Gemma said: “Early intervention and education is absolutely paramount when it comes to eating disorder awareness and support.

“It's wonderful to see the conversation continuing and hopefully we can help more kids.

Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten

“As we know there's a growing increase in those developing eating orders at the moment, especially due to the pandemic, so it’s vital we start being open and encouraging people to understand and educate themselves about eating disorders and also feel like they're not alone and that they can talk.”

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The SEED educational toolkit helps teachers and group leaders to talk confidently about eating disorders, wellbeing and body image.

“Gemma's story was really thought provoking and engaging”, explained college head of further education Emma Harrison.

Gemma and the students

“It's so important that our learners have the knowledge and understanding of eating disorders, and know where to access support either for themselves or to provide a support framework for peers, family and friends.”

Student Adam Morrison said: “Gemma’s talk was very insightful and it has given me the tools to recognise the signs of somebody struggling with an eating disorder.

“I'm now much more confident that I could support a friend or family member who was contending with such an issue.”

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Gemma talked to students about her own eating disorder