REbeL Peer Education: Theories and Examples of an Eating Disorder Prevention Program Based on Dissonance, Health at Every Size and Mindfulness

REbeL, Inc. Peer Education is a student led, dissonance-based education and prevention program addressing eating and body image concerns. REbeL first educates the members on eating and body image issues, while emphasizing an overall message of health. After training and education (which is continuous throughout the year) the students become the educators and initiators, creating a dissonance-based leadership style and encouraging students to develop their own solutions to problems. The current review highlights various elements of the program based on Eric Stice's dissonance eating disorder prevention theory and how REbeL creates a culture of change. Additionally, we will highlight effective use of media literacy, mindful eating and the HAES approach and future direction for eating disorder prevention.