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Keywords:

  • prevention;
  • eating pathology;
  • overweight

Abstract

Objective

Because conventional preventive interventions have had little success in reducing eating pathology, we developed and evaluated a more intensive psychoeducational intervention.

Method

Female college students who underwent this intervention and a matched control sample of students (N = 66) completed pretest and posttest surveys.

Results

Intervention participants showed significant decreases in thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, dieting, eating disorder symptoms, and weight over the 4-month study period, whereas matched control participants did not show changes in these outcomes with the exception that they gained weight.

Discussion

These preliminary findings suggest that this intervention may prove useful in reducing eating disturbances and overweight among college students, as well as the risk factors for this serious mental and physical health problem. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 159–171, 2002; DOI. 10.1002/eat.10018