Prevention: Current status and underlying theory

C. Barr Taylor, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Neha J. Goel

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Eating disorders (EDs) are important and common problems among adolescents and young women, and preventing them would be an important public health achievement. Fortunately, several recent studies, informed by cross-sectional, longitudinal, and clinical risk factor research, have demonstrated a significant decrease in ED risk factors, with several programs also achieving a significant reduction in ED onset within at-risk females. This chapter reviews and evaluates the state of ED prevention research, highlighting current theoretical approaches and effective programs, emphasizing emerging empirical support for cognitive dissonance, Internet, school- based, media literacy, and combined ED and obesity prevention programs. Conclusions about how to enhance recent progress in the field of EDs are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780190620998
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Mediator
  • Moderator
  • Prevention
  • Psychoeducation
  • Risk factor


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