Since eating disorders frequently begin during adolescence, high school students represent a high risk population for the development of these disorders. For this reason, a pilot project for the prevention of eating disorders was instituted at the high school level. The primary goal of this pilot project was to educate students, faculty, and staff at the school about the incidence, symptoms, and consequences of eating disorders. Consultation and referral services were also provided. An evaluation component of the project assessed the informational impact of the prevention program on the students. On a questionnaire designed for the project, a significantly greater number of questions about eating disorders were answered correctly by students who were recipients of the prevention program than by those who were not. The results of this project demonstrate the feasibility of using the high school setting to promote increased awareness of eating disorders and their consequences among high school students.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health