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 for middle school and high school students is known as “The Body Project” (Stice & Presnell, 2007) and the program for college-aged students is called “Reflections” (Becker & Stice, 2008). 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, the postdoctoral fellow at the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program, has extensive experience implementing the "Reflections" program and her doctoral dissertation involved a research project examining the effects of this program on undergraduate women at Rutgers University. Rebecca is also a junior training facilitator at Body Image Academy, which is a training center where undergraduate women and campus professionals who are interested in implementing "Reflections" on their campus can be trained in the program.
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