As per the latest statistics, at least 30 million individuals struggle with some type of eating disorder in the US, irrespective of their age or gender.
This refers to a condition that’s related to persistent unhealthy eating behaviors that negatively impact your physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as your ability to function.
Research suggests that evidence-based protective interventions may be used to help individuals struggling with eating disorders cope with them and recover.
What Are Evidence-Based Protective Interventions?
Evidence-based protective interventions (also known as evidence-based treatments) are therapies that have been supported by empirical data and published research.
These publications have thoroughly demonstrated the effectiveness of using said interventions for particular conditions—in this case, eating disorders. In addition to this, they’ve also proven to be more effective than other previously established treatments, and have been seen to produce positive outcomes.
The Evidence Based Protective Interventions’ Prevention Model offered at E Care Behavioral Health Institute also serves as an alternative to restraint-based or restrictive interventions that are often used for eating disorders.
This model has emerged as a replacement for NCI—North Carolina Interventions. It comprises a combination of non-physical therapy techniques derived from anxiety management, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic perspectives on the subject.
So, how effective are evidence-based protective interventions for eating disorders? Let’s take a look at what the evidence dictates.
The Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Interventions
According to one research, evidence-based practices that have been used to address common issues pertaining to child and adolescent development have shown positive results.
Efficacy trials found that using a combination of evidence-based prevention interventions has a significant impact on eating pathology. The research showed that these strategies have been effective in successfully reducing some of the symptoms of eating disorders.
In addition to this, the trials also reduced the risk of the onset eating disorders in the future.
Another research discussed the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions, while also pointing out that the number of patients who receive this form of treatment is considerably low.
This has to do with the fact that there exist certain difficulties in delivering these interventions, especially since eating disorders are interpreted differently in different cultures. The research indicated, however, that despite these hurdles, evidence-based protective interventions have been quite effective for treating and preventing eating disorders.
Yet another study looked at family-based treatments as part of these intervention therapies, focusing on eating disorders among adolescents. The results indicated that this form of preventative therapy is best suited for children and adolescents with bulimia and anorexia. In addition to being effective, it was also time-efficient.
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