PEKIN, Ill., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Although not a new phenomenon, disordered eating on college campuses today has become an undeniable epidemic, marked by the prevalence, persistence and high incidence of relapse and illness associated with eating disorders. It presents both a crisis and an opportunity for new and more effective research and practice. The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation Inc. (iaedp) has revealed a new interactive presentation featured at its 27th annual Symposium, March 20-24 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, focused on disordered eating and body image issues on college campuses.
The study is designed to explore the ways in which individual and environmental factors influence undergraduate and graduate students' relationships with eating, dieting, exercising and body image, and how these relationships, in turn, fit into a larger picture of student mental health.
The groundbreaking study, U-SHAPE, University Study of Habits, Attitudes and Perceptions around Eating, will be conducted on two college campuses, University of Michigan and Michigan State University. While many studies of college students' disordered eating have focused on particular subdivisions on campus (i.e. sororities, female athletes, specific majors) and have yielded relatively small sample sizes, U-SHAPE is unique in its objective to understand all university students' habits and attitudes through its large-scale design.
The goal of the interactive discussion at the 2013 iaedp Symposium will challenge participants to think about how research, and studies such as U-SHAPE, can do more to inform the work of those who directly treat disordered eating patients.
"Learning about the most innovative treatments available is among the key objectives behind every annual iaedp Symposium," said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at iaedp. "Of course, this Symposium promises to rank among the best ever."
The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals provides education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.
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