For the first time in one volume, many of the world’s most esteemed eating disorders prevention experts share their opinions and recommendations about future directions for the field. Employing "The Last Word" format of writing concise editorials about a focused area of research, authors from four countries contribute thirteen chapters with diverse points of view. The approaches range from large scale, macro-environmental calls for change through public policy to the more intimate promotion of positive youth identity for buffering against eating disorders. Included are retrospective looks at the development of prevention programs with an eye toward best practices moving forward, calls for integrating eating disorders interventions with existing efforts in the obesity and health promotion fields, examples of successful change through public policy and social justice, and a cry for gender inclusiveness, which has missing in female dominated strategies. More personal-level recommendations look at the efficacy of mindfulness, yoga, intuitive eating and exercise, and the importance of forming healthy self-identity. Informed by decades of investigation, the authors—all of whom have conducted numerous studies, programs, and research projects—offer the insights they’ve learned and the lessons that they each believe will make a difference in reducing eating disorders. This book was originally published as a special issue of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Table of Contents
Introduction to "The Last Word on Prevention" Leigh Cohn
1. Accelerating progress in eating disorders prevention: A call for policy translation research and training S. Bryn Austin
2. Optimizing prevention programs and maximizing public health impact are not the same thing Jonathan M. Mond
3. Eating disorders prevention: Looking backward, moving forward; looking inward, moving outward Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
4. The role of protective factors in the prevention of negative body image and disordered eating Michael P. Levine and Linda Smolak
5. How to block the ways to eating disorders Greta Noordenbos
6. A call for social justice and best practices for the integrated prevention of eating disorders and obesity Shelly Russell-Mayhew and Angela D. Grace
7. Building partnerships with prevention experts targeting other mental health problems Gail McVey
8. The implementation of evidence-based eating disorder prevention programs Heather Shaw and Eric Stice
9. Our critics might have valid concerns: Reducing our propensity to conflate Carolyn Black Becker
10. Integrating exercise and mindfulness for an emerging conceptual framework: The intuitive approach to prevention and health promotion (IAPHP) Justine J. Reel, Jacquelyn J. Lee and Abby Bellows
11. Embodied self-regulation and mindful self-care in the prevention of eating disorders Catherine Cook-Cottone
12. Re-thinking eating disorder prevention: The case for prioritizing the promotion of healthy identity development Alexandra F. Corning and Haley D. Heibel
13. Including the excluded: Males and gender minorities in eating disorder prevention Leigh Cohn, Stuart B. Murray, Andrew Walen and Tom Wooldridge Prevention.
About the Editor:
Leigh Cohn is the Editor-in-Chief of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and the co-author/editor of more than a dozen books. He has spoken on males and eating disorders at professional conferences and universities, and has received numerous awards from various eating disorders organizations.