Prevention

In recent years, evidence-based, interactive eating disorder prevention programs have been developed by leading eating disorder researchers for middle school, high school, and college-aged students. The program is known as the Body Project (Stice & Presnell, 2007). Part of the program entails participants engaging in activities aimed at challenging the "thin ideal," or the unrealistic standard of feminine beauty perpetuated in today’s society.

These programs have been shown to reduce eating disorder risk factors including thin ideal internalization (or believing the thin ideal is the ideal body type), body dissatisfaction, negative affect, dieting behavior, and binge eating behavior.

Rebecca Greif, PhD, Clinical Director of the Outpatient Program at The Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program, has extensive experience implementing “The Body Project,” and her doctoral dissertation involved a research project examining the effects of this program on undergraduate women at Rutgers University.