Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: A media literacy program and a self-esteem program designed to reduce general and specific risk factors for eating disorders. The media literacy program was adapted from the GO GIRLS! Program. Content included: activism, efforts to protestor praise media products conveying unhealthy or healthy messages, was the focus of the third session, in which emphasis was placed on both positive and negative examples and consequences of advertising.

Study Results: The media literacy group had lower mean scores on weight concern than the control group.

Reference: Wade, T. D., Davidson, S., & O’Dea, J. A. (2003). A preliminary controlled evaluation of a school-based media literacy program and self-esteem program for reducing eating disorder risk factors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 33(4), 371–383.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good