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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: May 2010

40 - Educational interventions for eating disorders

from Part III - Specific treatments
    • By Mima Simic, Institute of Psychiatry Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry De Crespigny Park London UK, Pauline S. Powers, University of South Florida College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine Tampa, FL USA, Yvonne Bannon, University of South Florida College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine Tampa, FL USA
  • Edited by Peter Tyrer, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, Kenneth R. Silk, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • pp 637-641

Editor's note

Despite being relatively small in numbers, specialists in eating disorders have researched their subject more than those in some more established parts of psychiatry and this chapter on educational interventions, including some quite sophisticated studies, illustrates this well. So much of the increasing incidence of eating disorders has been put down to the faulty education of the media and so-called nutrition experts, and whilst the rise is not inexorably upwards as many have suggested, it is more than likely that the slave of fashion combined with the rapid growth of absolutely terrible fast food has promoted fear and wariness in so many people. ‘I am afraid to eat’, is a statement heard by so many with eating disorders, as though the fact of eating will set free a Pandora's box of conflicting desires and emotions that point towards catastrophe. So there is a clear need for corrective psychoeducation and the beginnings of the evidence base for this are in this chapter.

Educational interventions


Educational interventions in medicine involve providing information about risk factors, causes, symptoms, or implications of a disorder, as well as focusing on psychosocial pressures that might influence development or maintenance of a disorder. Target populations may be those at risk of a disorder, people with a disorder or their families/significant others. Psychoeducation aims to prevent, or improve symptomatology of a mental disorder, engage people in treatment, or improve their adherence to treatment.

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