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A controlled intervention to promote a healthy body image, reduce eating disorder risk and prevent excessive exercise among trainee health education and physical education teachers

Yager, Zali and O’Dea, Jennifer (2010) A controlled intervention to promote a healthy body image, reduce eating disorder risk and prevent excessive exercise among trainee health education and physical education teachers. Health Education Research, 25 (5). pp. 841-852. ISSN 0268-1153 (print) 1465-3648 (online)

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of two interventions on body image, eating disorder risk and excessive exercise among 170 (65% female) trainee health education and physical education (HE&PE) teachers of mean (standard deviation) age 21.6 (2.3) who were considered an ‘at-risk’ population for poor body image and eating disorders. In the first year of the study, the control group cohort (n = 49 females, 20 males) received the regular didactic health education curriculum; in the second year of the study, the Intervention 1 cohort (n = 31 females, 21 males) received a self-esteem and media literacy health education program and in the third year of the study, the Intervention 2 cohort (n = 30 females, 19 males) received a combined self-esteem, media literacy and dissonance program using online and computer-based activities. Intervention 2 produced the best results, with males improving significantly in self-esteem, body image and drive for muscularity. Intervention 2 females improved significantly on Eating Disorders Inventory Drive for Thinness, Eating Disorder Examination and excessive exercise. The improvements were consistent at 6-month follow-up for females. It is feasible to promote body image, reduce body dissatisfaction and reduce excessive exercise among trainee HE&PE teachers via a health education curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body image, eating disorder, health education, physical education, excessive exercise
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 02:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 05:44
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22415
DOI: 10.1093/her/cyq036
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Citations in Scopus: 2 - View on Scopus

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