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The School Counselor’s Role in Addressing Eating Disorder
Juleen K. Buser
School counseling professionals can bring a voice to the often silent and shrouded symptoms of eating disorders. Authors have noted that intervention early in the progression of an eating disorder may be related to more successful treatment outcomes (Currin & Schmidt, 2005). As more school counselors are able to provide informed prevention programs, identify adolescents struggling with eating disorders, and offer early intervention strategies, adolescents will benefit. Those at risk for developing an eating disorder may be assisted before symptoms manifest. Those already in the throes of eating disorder symptoms may be more likely to recover and less likely to progress to more entrenched eating disorder behaviors and attitudes.