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Prevention of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Corinna Jacobi, Megan Jones and Ina Beintner

in The Oxford Handbook of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Developmental Perspectives

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744459
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744459.013.0010

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Prevention of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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In recent years, a large number of eating disorder prevention programs have been developed, targeting children and adolescents between the ages of 4 to 19 years. These programs are delivered in the classroom and community and pursue universal, semi-selective (girls only), and selective (e.g., girls with high weight and shape concerns) approaches. Programs vary largely in terms of intervention content, with some focusing on well-established risk factors for eating disorders like dieting or body image, and others covering less specific issues, such as self-esteem and peer pressure.

This chapter provides an overview of existing prevention programs for children and adolescents. Different approaches and components of prevention programs are introduced and their effectiveness is discussed. The feasibility of combining eating disorder and obesity prevention is also considered.

Keywords: Prevention; eating disorders; adolescents; children

Article.  11478 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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