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School-based programs for preventing eating disturbances.

Abstract : This paper describes a framework for involving schools in primary and secondary prevention of eating disturbances. Important components of a comprehensive program include staff training, classroom interventions, integration of relevant material into existing curriculum, individual counseling and small group work with high risk students, referral systems, opportunities for healthy eating, modifications within the physical education program, and outreach activities. This type of comprehensive program is based on an ecological model for health promotion and aims at the modification of both individual and environmental determinants of behavior. [References: 55].