A population-wide screening and tailored intervention platform for eating disorders on college campuses: The healthy body image program

Megan Jones*, Andrea E. Kass, Mickey Trockel, Alan I. Glass, Denise E. Wilfley, C. Barr Taylor

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Abstract

Objectives: This article presents a new approach to intervention for eating disorders and body image concerns on college campuses, using a model of integrated eating disorder screening and intervention. Formative data on implementation feasibility are presented. Participants: College students enrolled at 2 universities between 2011 and 2012. Methods: The Healthy Body Image program is an evidence-based screening and intervention platform, enacted via community and online resources. An online screen was used to identify students at varying levels of risk or eating disorder symptom status; responses were used to direct students to universal or targeted online interventions or further evaluation. Universal prevention programs to improve healthy weight regulation and body image culture were offered to all students. Results: Formative data from 1,551 students illustrates the application of this model. Conclusions: The Healthy Body Image program is feasible to deliver and provides a comprehensive system of screening, evidence-based intervention, and community culture change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2014

Keywords

  • Counseling
  • Eating disorders
  • Health education
  • Internet intervention
  • Mental health
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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