Breaking the silence of eating disorders with the hope of an online self-help programme

Sau Fong Leung, Lai Chong Ma, Janice Russell

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Eating disorders are a serious debilitating health problem, causing impairments in physical and psychosocial functioning and significantly affecting sufferers' quality of life. New technologies are being developed to meet the diverse treatment needs of people with eating disorders. This qualitative study examined participants' views of an Internet-based self-help programme developed in the Asia-Pacific region for people with eating disorders. The aim of the study was to explore how the self-help programme facilitated individuals' recovery and identify the factors that contribute to the success in the programme. A purposive sample of 12 people with anorexia nervosa (n=4), bulimia nervosa (n=2), binge eating disorder (n=1) and eating disorder not otherwise specified (n=5) participated in the study. The data were collected primarily by telephone interview. The programme was found to improve individuals' awareness of eating disorders, their motivation, eating disorder symptoms and health. Recovery was enhanced by individuals' determination and motivation to get better, the support available, their perseverance, sense of control, and personal confidence, and facilitating living environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-257
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


  • Eating disorders
  • Online self-help programme
  • Recovery
  • Self-help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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