Preventing Eating Disorders

Eating disorder prevention refers to actions, programs, or policies that aim to reduce modifiable risk factors for eating disorders, and/or bolster protective factors, to reduce the likelihood that a person will experience an eating disorder. Eating disorder prevention actions, programs or policies may also seek to address the broader factors which impact on health, known as the social determinants of health.

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Primary Prevention

Primary prevention interventions aim to prevent the onset or development of an eating disorder and may be universal, selective or indicated.

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Secondary Prevention

Secondary prevention interventions aim to lower the severity and duration of an eating disorder in a person who already has the illness.

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Prevention Programs

In the case of people experiencing an eating disorder, ‘prevention’ refers to specific programs or interventions designed to reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors, and ultimately stop the increasing rate of disordered eating and eating disorders in our society.

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