Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

The LEAP (Learn to Eat at Peace) Eating Disorders Program: Overview & Evaluation

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

The LEAP (Learn to Eat at Peace) Eating Disorders Program: Overview & Evaluation

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Author(s): Siew Soon[sup.1] and Peter O'Keefe[sup.1,2]

The Geelong Clinic's 40-day LEAP (Learn to Eat at Peace) Eating Disorders Inpatient Program is unique as consumers have had considerable input in the development and ongoing review of the program. The LEAP philosophy emphasises trust, dignity, individualised treatment, and skill acquisition. The program involves staff-supported meals and groups facilitated by a multidisciplinary team. The aim of this study was to evaluate if there were changes in patients' clinical symptoms following the program.

Participants were eating disorder (ED) patients (n = 43), aged 16 to 55 years. Data was collected through self-report measures at admission and discharge from the program. Repeated-measures ANOVAs were used to assess changes in variables including restraint over eating, eating concern, shape concern, weight concern, body mass index, depression, anxiety, and stress.

Results indicated statistically significant improvements across all variables. …

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