Eating Disorder Prevention

Prevention of Eating Disorders

  • Learn all you can about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  Genuine awareness will help you avoid judgmental or mistaken attitudes about food, weight, body shape, and eating disorders.
  • Discourage the idea that a particular diet, weight, or body size will automatically lead to happiness and fulfillment.
  • Choose to challenge the false belief that thinness and weight loss are great, while body fat and weight gain are horrible or indicate laziness, worthlessness, or immorality.
  • Avoid categorizing foods as "good/safe" versus "bad/dangerous." Remember, we all need to eat a balanced variety of foods.
  • Decide to avoid judging others and yourself on the basis of body weight or shape.  Turn off the voices in your head that tell you that a person's body weight says anything about their character, personality, or value as a person.
  • Become a critical viewer of the media and its messages about self-esteem and body image.