Type of Document Thesis Author Schaefer, Julie T URN etd-05202011-161419 Title Disordered Eating, Body Image, and Healthy Weight Maintenance: Follow-up Study Degree Master of Science Department Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Maria Spicer Committee Chair Doris Abood Committee Member Pamela Keel University Representative Keywords
- Prevention Programs
- Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors
- Eating Disorders
Date of Defense 2011-03-31 Availability unrestricted AbstractObjective: The objective of this research was to investigate the sustainability of the effects of an eating disorder prevention curriculum on college women.
Participants: Participants were women enrolled in a curriculum-based eating disorder prevention program in the Fall semester of 2009 at Florida State University.
Methods: Participants completed a questionnaire on intuitive eating, body dissatisfaction, restrained eating, thin ideal internalization, and eating pathology three, six, and 12 months after the course. Results from these surveys were compared to the results obtained prior to, immediately following, and one month after the class.
Results: Analyses indicated that increased intuitive eating and decreased eating pathology, body dissatisfaction, and restrained eating were sustained through 12 months following the course. However, decreased thin ideal internalization and increased eating for physical reasons were not sustained.
Conclusions: This program was successful in improving attitudes and behaviors associated with eating disorders and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Most effects were maintained at the 12 month follow-up providing support for participation in curriculum-based eating disorder prevention programs.
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