GENERAL SESSION 4 - Closing the Gap Between Researchers and the Public for Evidence-Based Prevention

Researchers have spent many years identifying components of prevention programs that reduce vulnerability to the onset of eating disorders or intervene in the progression of eating disorder behaviors and attitudes. We know there are models currently in use which demonstrate success at engaging young people - the average age demographic for onset of eating disorders - and building resiliency, media literacy and leadership skills. NEDA's own Collegiate Survey Project revealed that colleges identify having prevention programming available to their student body as a serious need, yet are limited by resource concerns. This panel of experts will provide an overview of the current knowledge about promising and successful models for prevention and discuss strategies for closing the gap between research and larger-scale implementation. Drawing on their extensive experience, panelist will explore how we can work together as a field - professionals, students, families, youth and social service providers, educators and nonprofit leaders - to increase the public's access to evidence-based programs that can reduce the incidence and severity of eating disorders.