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On-Line Program May Avert Eating Disorders in High-Risk Women: Page 2 of 4

On-Line Program May Avert Eating Disorders in High-Risk Women: Page 2 of 4

Altogether, over the course of a three-year follow-up, 43 participants (9%) were classified as having a subclinical or clinical eating disorder, mainly bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder, the researchers said. Although the onset of an eating disorder between the groups was not significantly different, differences in the subgroups, constituting about half the sample, were significant, the researchers said.

The on-line program included a psychologist-moderated online discussion group. Each week, when a participant logged onto the program, she was directed to the updated weekly program content. Participants were expected to read the material and comply with the accompanying assignment, which included self-monitoring, writing entries in a journal, and participation in online discussion group.

The core goals of the program were to reduce weight and shape concerns, enhance body image, promote healthy weight regulation, avoid binge eating, and increase knowledge about the risk associated with an eating disorder.

Attitude measurements, in addition to the actual onset of an eating disorder, included change in scores on the Weight Concerns Scale, Global Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire, and Eating Disorder Inventory drive for thinness, and bulimia subscales and depressed mood.

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