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Exploring interventions in preventing eating disorder relapse



Kate Roe

Key Words


Market Engagement, Prototyping, Social Impact, Systems Thinking, User Experience


Recovery from an eating disorder is a long and difficult journey but the challenges don’t end there. I know because I experienced it firsthand. Eating disorders have a 40% chance of relapse in the first year post-recovery. Through extensive primary research, I sought to understand why confidence is so low even after recovery and ultimately designed a tangible framework for self-discovery and improvement to help recovered individuals go from surviving to thriving.


The challenges laid in addressing the nuanced, sensitive, and subjective complexities of eating disorder recovery and the idea of confidence. There is no one-size-fits-all all approach to rebuilding confidence but there are common underlying themes in the pain points that recovered individuals face.


The workbook, confidencED, emerged as a tangible framework offering holistic support for recovered individuals. It offers strategies for coping with triggers, prompts and activities for self-discovery and tools for goal setting and habit tracking to turn insights into action. Primary research was at the core of this project so it concludes with additional resources and anecdotes from recovered individuals. The positive response from diverse users underscores its impact and the evolving needs of post-recovery support.

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