Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

BodyWise Information Packet on Eating Disorders for Middle School Personnel

The BodyWise initiative was developed to provide school personnel and other adults interacting with students ages 9 to 12 with the information and encouragement needed to create environments, policies, and programs that discourage disordered eating. A second objective is to help identify youth who have warning signs of eating disorders. The long-term goal of this initiative is to reduce the risk factors that con-tribute to the development of eating disorders and increase the factors that protect youth, thereby contributing to the prevention of new cases.

The BodyWise Eating Disorders Initiative is a part of the Girl Power! Campaign, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which seeks to reinforce and sustain positive values and health behaviors among girls ages 9-14. The HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) is implementing this initiative to address eating disorders and disordered eating - critical health problems affecting preadolescents.