How to cut eating disorder risk

Australian research suggests that online CBT targeting perfectionism can help

Teenage girls who are perfectionists can reduce their risk of eating disorder and depression if they follow a ​targeted internet CBT course for a month, Australian research suggests.

Teenage girl

Ninety-four healthy, but perfectionist, young women aged between 14 and 19 were recruited to the trial and randomly allocated to one of three groups:

  • an internet CBT intervention targeting perfectionism;
  • an internet CBT intervention targeting stress reduction; or
  • a wait-list control.