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In search of effective methods to prevent eating disorders: the use of cognitive dissonance induction (literature review).

Katarzyna Świątkowska1
Psychiatria 2022;19(1):58-65.


Epidemiological data from European countries indicate that in the female population the lifetime prevalence is reported to be <1-4% for anorexia and <1-2% for bulimia respectively [1]. Research conducted in the community shows that only 17-31% of people with diagnosable eating disorders seek specific treatment [2]. This situation creates the need to look for risk factors and preventive methods aimed at preventing the development of disorders in high-risk groups. There is a lack of reliable publications on preventive methods used in Poland and their effectiveness, while effective prevention has a chance not only to reduce the incidence of eating disorders but also the incidence of other comorbid mental problems.

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