Disordered Society: Women in Eating Disorder Recovery Advise Policymakers on Change

  • Jessica F. SaundersEmail author
  • Asia A. Eaton
  • Stacy L. Frazier
Original Article


This qualitative study draws on a photo-elicitation method (“PhotoVoice”) and semi-structured interviews to examine the key areas stakeholders (30 young women between the ages of 18 and 35 in eating disorder recovery) identify as meaningful venues of policy-based change. Photography and the accompanying narratives capturing personally-meaningful social, cultural, and systemic influences on recovery were shared with the research team. Photographs and interviews were examined for policy implications using thematic analysis, and six areas of improvement emerged: media, healthcare practice and access, health insurance reform, education, objectification of the female body, and mental health stigma. Implications for reform are discussed.


Eating disorder Policy Health insurance reform Media Objectification 



This study was funded by the APA Division 35 Janet Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Jessica F. Saunders, Asia A. Eaton, and Stacy L. Frazier declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Written informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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