Prevention

Body dissatisfaction, especially weight concern, is the strongest predictor of disordered eating and eating disorders. Body dissatisfaction can also contribute to weight gain when extreme weight control practices lead to binge eating. Through media and advertising, we are continually exposed to an unhealthy ideal and many feel the pressure to conform to this ideal.

Families, schools, and health care professionals are in an excellent position to bring about positive changes in society today. They can help promote positive body image, eliminate weight bias and stigma, and foster a balanced, healthy approach to eating and activity.

Community awareness regarding eating disorder prevention, treatment, and research, is hugely important to support people who are struggling with this disease.
You can participate in eating disorder prevention efforts by:

    • Connecting for change
    • Raising awareness
    • Acquiring skills for healthy living, self-esteem, and positive body image
    • Working to change community systems, norms and practices

We offer a number of educational resources and presentations for providers, schools, and colleges to spread knowledge on how best to help individuals at risk for body image problems and eating disorders. Please contact us for more information.

Learn More

NEDA: Risk Factors for Eating Disorders
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/general-information/risk-factors
Signs & Symptoms of an Eating Disorder
https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/adolescent/eating-disorders/look-for.aspx
Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/media-body-image-and-eating-disorders

The National Eating Disorders Association provides valuable web based toolkits for educators, parents, and coach and trainers that offer a wealth of information about eating disorders, treatment options and insurance options.