Eating Disorder Prevention and Intervention Programs are important to consider among all campuses. There are a variety of eating disorders that students might have. Fortunately, there is also a variety of resources and interventions that can be used to address eating disorders; with individuals and with groups of students.
This topic is one of special interest to me. I attended an all-girls school in high school, and I belonged to a sorority (as well as lived in the sorority house) in college. In both of these settings, I knew many people who had unhealthy relationships with food, but who never received counseling or interventions. Although eating disorders are certainly NOT exclusive to young women, their prevalence among females is higher than their prevalence among men. Here are some of the important points I took away from my experience, as well as the research I have performed in this area.
Incidence rates of students with eating disorders are rapidly increasing.
There are biological, social, and psychological risk factors for eating disorders. Look for the following aspects in the students you work with. If you find that a student is at risk in any of these areas, contact your school psychologist or school counselor for help:
The effects that an eating disorder can have on a student’s ability to perform in school are numerous. Look for the following aspects in the students you work with:
Interventions must include an emphasis on health development and the prevention of symptoms for all students. Treatment should include a comprehensive assessment of the students, and treatment for students (at the individualized or group level). What follows is a list of evidence based intervention programs for school staff to use with students who are at risk or are showing symptoms of an eating disorder.
Intervention Programs and Strategies to use in counseling: