Roundtable on the Prevention of Eating Disorders: The Catalan public policy initiative

David Sánchez-Carracedo, Cristina Carretero, Alfons Conesa

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Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd The field of prevention of body image problems and eating disorders has made major advances in recent years, particularly in the development and evaluation of prevention programmes. However, few programmes achieve good long-term results because, among other reasons, the sociocultural influences affecting the development of these problems do not stop. Moreover, accelerating progress in this field is required, transferring their impact onto a larger scale. These reasons justify the need to progress in the development of public policy interventions. This paper describes a recent Catalan initiative in this sphere: the Roundtable on the Prevention of Eating Disorders, made up of different public and private sectors of Catalan society. It specifically details the main actions carried out, such as: media campaigns to reduce weight-related teasing and encouraging self-esteem, encouraging family meals and promoting help-seeking among those affected; the creation of a new informative website about these matters in the Department of Health; the production of a Decalogue of Best Practices for the promotion of self-esteem and positive body image in social media and advertising; and actions to prevent the promotion of eating disorders on the Internet. The Roundtable is the most comprehensive Catalan (and Spanish) public policy activity undertaken until now for the prevention of eating disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-17
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Prevention
  • Public policy

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