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Prevention of eating disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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posted on 2024-06-03, 12:48 authored by LKD Le, J Barendregt, P Hay, Cathy MihalopoulosCathy Mihalopoulos
Objective: To systematically reviewand quantify the effectiveness of Eating Disorder (ED) prevention interventions. Methods: Electronic databases (including the Cochrane Controlled Trial Register,MEDLINE, PsychInfo, EMBASE, and Scopus) were searched for published randomized controlled trials of ED prevention interventions from 2009 to 2015. Trials prior to 2009 were retrieved from prior reviews. Results: One hundred and twelve articles were included. Fifty-eight percent of trials had high risk of bias. Findings indicated small to moderate effect sizes on reduction of ED risk factors or symptoms which occurred up to threeyear post-intervention. For universal prevention, media literacy (ML) interventions significantly reduced shape and weight concerns for both females (−0.69, confidence interval (CI): −1.17 to −0.22) and males (−0.32, 95% CI−0.57 to−0.07). For selective prevention, cognitive dissonance (CD) interventions were superior to control interventions in reducing ED symptoms (−0.32, 95% CI−0.52 to−0.13). Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions had the largest effect size (−0.40, 95% CI−0.55 to−0.26) on dieting outcomeat 9-month follow-upwhile the healthy weight intervention reduced EDrisk factors and body mass index.No indicated prevention interventions were found to be effective in reducing ED risk factors. Conclusions: There are a number of promising preventive interventions for ED risk factors including CD, CBT andML. Whether these actually lower ED incidence is, however, uncertain. Combined ED and obesity prevention interventions require further research.

History

Journal

Clinical psychology review

Volume

53

Pagination

46-58

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0272-7358

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Elsevier

Publisher

Elsevier