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Weight Management &
Eating Disorders Research Lab

Mailing address:
Campus Box 8134
660 S. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63110

Campus addresses:

Storz Building
4570 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

11th Floor McDonnell Pediatric Research Building (MPRB)
4905 Children's Place
St Louis, MO 63110

T: 314-286-0076
F: 314-286-2091

The Healthy Body Image Program: Using Technology to Improve Eating Disorders Treatment on College Campuses

Recruitment Starting Fall 2013

Over the past 20 years, our team at Washington University in collaboration with Stanford University has conducted a programmatic line of research that has resulted in the comprehensive, online platform, the Healthy Body Image Program. The Healthy Body Image Program is comprised of an online screening tool (the Stanford-Washington University Eating Disorders Screen) and tailored, online evidence-based interventions (Staying Fit, Student Bodies–Targeted, and Student Bodies–Eating Disorders) for individuals across the eating disorder risk and diagnostic spectrum. In the current study, we aim to demonstrate that our technologically-enhanced, guided self-help program, Student Bodies–Eating Disorders (SB-ED), which includes mobile technology and clinical management tools, produces measurable and significant improvements in access, costs, and outcomes for eating disorder intervention over usual care. Twenty-eight colleges will be randomly assigned to receive either SB-ED or referral to usual care. We will enroll at least 650 students across these campuses who screen positive for a DSM-5 clinical or subclinical eating disorder (excluding full-syndrome anorexia nervosa, which warrants more intensive medical monitoring).

We are also partnering for state-wide deployment of the Healthy Body Image Program in collaboration with the Missouri Eating Disorder Council and Missouri Department of Mental Health. Currently four public universities in Missouri are enrolled with approximately 170 participants.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Students between the ages of 18 and 30 at participating colleges and universities
  2. Access to the Internet