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Weighing In... Eating Disorders and the Family: Challenges Amidst Social Pressure, Weight Stigma, and the Media
February 5, 2013 at 7:00pm — 8:30pm
| 200 Glen Ave | Millburn, NJ 07041
Posted December 10, 2012
30 million people suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). These disorders are serious, biologically based illnesses that are increasing among our youth, are linked to other addictive behaviors, and can lead to severe, chronic conditions, and even death. Meanwhile, society’s focus on curbing obesity can be very confusing, and even detrimental.
- Eating disorders affect men and women, young and old, rich and poor, thin and obese, from all racial and ethnic groups.
- The mortality rate from some eating disorders is higher than any other mental disorder.
- In US high schools, 30% of girls and 16% of boys schools suffer from disordered eating, including bingeing, vomiting, fasting, laxative and diet pill use, and compulsive exercise.
- Disordered eating and dieting have been linked to serious risk-taking behaviors such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use, delinquency, unprotected sexual activity, dating violence, and suicide attempts.
- Severe, chronic eating disorders can be prevented if caught early.
Via panel discussion and Q&A with experts, you will learn:
• How to recognize the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder
• The role of the family as a support for someone who may be struggling
• The impact on the family when a loved one is suffering
• About health consequences and chronic conditions that can be caused by eating disorders
• How to help prevent eating disorders in those who may be vulnerable
• How to protect your loved one from triggering social and peer pressure