Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fight Back Against Eating Disorders

FIGHT BACK AGAINST EATING DISORDERS!

One in five women suffer from disordered eating. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, yet shame, stigma, and lack of awareness lead to eating disorders being largely misunderstood, which prevent individuals from receiving adequate care. Early intervention and prevention programs are virtually non-existent in California leaving many people to receive help too little too late.

It’s time for the eating disorder community to pull together; our strength in numbers can make a difference.

Join the National Eating Disorders Association’s STAR Program (States for Treatment Access and Research), Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Senator Patricia Wiggins, and others as we bring this critical issue to Sacramento.


LEGISLATIVE PRESS BRIEFING

EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009

STATE CAPITOL
ROOM 127
10:00 AM

SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE: Sari Shepphird, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorders Specialist, Los Angeles, CA; Connie Sobczak, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Body Positive; Doris Smeltzer, MA, President, Andrea's Voice Foundation; Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Senator Patricia Wiggins.

Come demonstrate your support for change in Eating Disorder policy in California!


For more information, please contact Lara at 510-435-7425 or email at lgregorio@myneda.org. Join the army of advocates who refuse to stay silent on this issue.

1 comment:

Life Works said...

Thanks for your article. Struggling with an eating disorder can cause profound isolation, fear and hopelessness. Because this illness thrives in secret, people with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating hide their behaviours from those closest to them, hoping that no one will notice whilst hoping that someone will.
In order to begin the process of recovery, secrecy must give way to self awareness and honesty, and this can only happen in a safe, structured and caring environment.

I would also like to suggest a website with lots more information about eating disorders as well as addictions . www.lifeworkscommunity.com

Life Works Community Blog also gives a source of information and inspiration from some of the leading counselors at Life Works. Topics include: alcohol addiction and drug addiction, eating disorders ( anorexia, bulimia , and compulsive overeating ), depression and anxiety disorders , and compulsive disorders ( sex addiction , love addiction , gambling addiction , and codependency ).

http://www.lifeworkscommunity.com/resources/life-works-community-blog.asp