REBEL program for eating disorders
Initiative Description: REBEL is a module-based, continuous Eating Disorder prevention program that utilizes a self-selection model of prevention in a high school setting. Thus, the program is seamlessly integrated into a high-school, modeling an after-school activity. In the REbeL program, empowerment is hypothesized to facilitate youth (as members of community-based groups) to challenge the thin ideal while also working to increase feelings of self-esteem and positive body image.
Study results: Significant decreases in ED risk factors and increases in empowerment.
Reference: Breithaupt, L., Eickman, L., Byrne, C. E., & Fischer, S. (2017). Enhancing empowerment in eating disorder prevention: Another examination of the REbeL peer education model. Eating Behaviors, 25, 38–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.05.003.
Level of evidence: Good