by Niva Piran, PhD, Michael P. Levine, PhD, and Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, 347 pp, $54.95, ISBN 0-87630-968-6, Philadelphia, Pa, Brunner/Mazel, 1999.
Preventing Eating Disorders steps boldly into an area of controversy where need exists but many questions remain unanswered. Can eating disorders be prevented? How are they prevented? How effective is prevention? One fact is certain: You don't prevent eating disorders by talking about eating disorders to vulnerable individuals (Runi Gresko, personal communication). Pitted disagreement exists between those who are convinced eating disorders cannot be prevented and those for whom it is a high calling. Nations have come down on the 2 sides of this disagreement through the priorities given to their national health services. Norway, for example, has an identified educator or nurse in each school district to be alert to development and early intervention for eating disorders with an emphasis on prevention, especially in athletes. The United States and England, except for specific individuals in specific locations, have either a laissez-faire attitude or studied indifference.
Preventing Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Interventions and Special Challenges. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(6):639-640. doi: