- Educate Yourself
- Mental Health Conditions: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
- Eating Disorders
- Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
- What about prevention?
What about prevention?
Prevention research is increasing as scientists study the known "risk factors" for these conditions. Given that EDNOS and other eating disorders are multi-determined and often affect young people, there is preliminary information on the role and extent such factors as self-esteem, resilience, family interactions, peer pressure, the media and dieting might play in its development. Eating disorders and body image is commonly seen as a problem affecting women, but men are also touched by media influence. Steroid abuse and body image to create the strong, cut male physique results in many short and long-term effects, but falls off under the radar in terms of indicating distorted body image and eating disorders. Advocacy groups are also engaged in prevention through efforts such as removing damaging articles from teen magazines on "dieting" and the importance of "being thin."