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The author of this article, Dr. Austin, is with the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health of Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of Fellowship Research Training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is an award-winning researcher, and her primary research addresses social and environmental influences on physical activity, nutritional patterns, and eating disorders in school and community settings.
This journal article was written to inform the reader of the need for a public health approach to eating disorders prevention. Psychiatrists or psychologists, not public health professionals, have made most advances in eating disorder prevention. The author believes that if public health professionals become more involved with developing prevention strategies, the public health approach to preventing eating disorders would be more successful. Public health professionals would provide research that focuses on the macro level of prevention (i.e. environmental targets), which has not been provid…