According to research (Bailey et al. 2014), this complacency is mainly attributed to lack of a holistic understanding and awareness of the disease in question.
Relatively, there is a need for studies that focus on understanding the disease from the perspective of those most at risk and mostly affected. Consequently, this will facilitate the development of preventive programs that meet individual and comprehensive needs relative to ED. Decisively, this research bases on the assessment of eating disorders in Warren County (Ohio) to provide descriptive data as a basis for much needed, similar, future research in this area. Additionally, the research aims at studying and investigating level of awareness, associated risk factors and symptomatology of these eating disorders among adolescents and young adults in Ohio’s Warren County area.
Eating disorders are complex psychiatric illnesses with high rates of morbidity and mortality (Rikani et al., 2013); and they are not only about food. As such, addressing such a complicated health issue needs a systematic approach. Conversely, researchers agree and highly recommend starting with community based research (Bailey, et al., 2014) in order to inform and guide program planners. This notion forms the basis for this prospectus through the application of past studies, research and comprehensive findings.
Initially reviewed literature shows that more evidence based research that is community inspired, has the potential to play a significant role not only in raising awareness of this issues but also in developing effective prevention and treatment interventions. Kostro, Lerman and Attia (2014) argued that while wide research exists on co-existence of eating disorders with other diseases like suicide, self-injury and non-suicidal-self-injury (NSSI), reviewed research focused mainly on one group of eating disorders (Anorexia) leaving other groups (Bulimia and Binge-Eating) under-studied