Educational or Curriculum

The POPS Program

Initiative Description: The POPS-program (Potsdam Prevention at Schools), a universal school-based eating disorder prevention program for adolescents. Information on healthy nutrition and exercising was provided and pupils were guided to reflect media and peers pressure on beauty ideals; they acquired problem-solving strategies to cope with general and appearance-related stress and were supported to base their self-esteem not only on their physical appearance but on several pillars (e.g., friendships; family; competence at school; personality).

Study Results: Reduced disordered eating behaviors and risk factors.

Reference: Warschburger, P., & Zitzmann, J. (2018). The efficacy of a universal school-based prevention program for eating disorders among German adolescents: Results from a randomized-controlled trial. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(6), 1317–1331.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good