Effectiveness of an Internet-based program for reducing risk factors for eating disorders

Andrew J. Winzelberg, Dori Eppstein, Kathleen L. Eldredge, Denise Wilfley, Radhika Dasmahapatra, Parvati Dev, C. Barr Taylor

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Abstract

This study evaluated an Internet-delivered computer-assisted health education (CAHE) program designed to improve body satisfaction and reduce weight/shape concerns - concerns that have been shown to be risk factors for the development of eating disorders in young women. Participants were 60 women at a public university randomly assigned to either an intervention or control condition. Intervention participants completed the CAHE program Student Bodies. Measures of body image and disordered eating attitudes were assessed at baseline postintervention and 3-month follow-up. At follow-up, intervention participants, compared with controls, reported a significant improvement in body image and a decrease in drive for thinness. This program provides evidence for the feasibility and effectiveness of providing health education by means of the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-350
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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