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If I knew what I know now, things would have been different.
It turns out that focusing on the negative aspects has failed to prevent the development of eating disorders. Stop letting a number on a scale own us. It is time to start building our inner strength. Let’s flip the coin and look at the other side, namely the positive aspects of individuals. Life will be more worthy and fulfilling when we see the positive around us.
Phelps, Johnston and Augustyniak created a positive prevention model for eating disorders. Measured by the Multidimensional Self Concept Scale, four areas of self-concept were assessed. Physical, social, competence and academic. The results show that there is a negative correlation found between all four self-concept areas and purging and bingeing behaviors. Females with a low sense of power focusing on the negative aspects of their own physical appearance are more susceptible to eating disordered behaviors.
This data was used to implement a school-based six session eating disorder prevention program. The whole idea was to make the attendees more resilient towards the influences of social media, help them to gain in self-confidence and to believe in themselves. The sessions were setup to make one aware of the unhealthy ways and the appropriate methods of weight modification. Afterwards it was shown that this program was effective. An increase of the protective factors such as self-esteem and personal competence were noticeable. It seemed that those positive psychology interventions created a visionary change in the way we look at the same things with a different perspective.
Let’s all try it out! Let’s start to be defined by our passions rather than by our looks!
Author: L. Driessen, Group 1
Reference: Steck, E. L., Abrams, L. M., & Phelps, L. (2003). Positive psychology in the prevention of eating disorders. Psychology in the Schools, 41(1), 111–117. doi: 10.1002/pits.10143