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Keywords:

  • prevention;
  • risk factors;
  • eating disorders;
  • computer-based intervention

Abstract

Objective

This controlled study evaluated whether an 8-week program offered over the Internet would significantly decrease body image dissatisfaction, disordered eating patterns, and preoccupation with shape/weight among women at high risk for developing an eating disorder.

Method

Fifty-six college women were recruited on the basis of elevated scores (≥110) on the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ). Psychological functioning, as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory Drive for Thinness (EDI-DT) subscale, Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), and the BSQ, was assessed at baseline, posttreatment, and at 10-week follow-up.

Results

All participants improved over time on most measures, although effect sizes suggest that the program did impact the intervention group.

Discussion

Findings suggest that technological interventions may be helpful for reducing disordered eating patterns and cognitions among high-risk women. Future research is needed to assess whether such programs are effective over time for prevention of and reduction in eating disorder symptomatology. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 29: 401–408, 2001.