Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Join Chevese Turner, BEDA founder and CEO, at Pounds and Policy Event in DC

Please join panelist Chevese Turner

BEDA Founder & Chief Executive Officer

May 9, 2011

12:00 pm

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC

Pounds and Policy: Effectively Communicating About Weight and Health

A National Eating Disorders Association and STOP Obesity Alliance Roundtable to Advance an Educated Approach to Policies Surrounding Weight

Moderated by Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs

Do media portrayals of unrealistic and unhealthy weight loss impact policy development? Join the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the STOP Obesity Alliance for a discussion to explore and discuss ways to responsibly communicate the connections between health and weight. The discussion will examine barriers to effective discussion about health and weight in media, entertainment and policy making, guided by recommendations jointly developed by NEDA and the STOP Obesity Alliance. Additionally, a new media analysis on how weight and health is communicated in policy and mainstream press will be presented.

Who: Leaders from weight, health and communication organizations, including:

  • Hosted By: Lynn Grefe, President and CEO, NEDA and Christine Ferguson, JD, Director, STOP Obesity Alliance
  • The Honorable Nan Hayworth, (R-NY) (invited)

Panel, Moderated by Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

  • Jean Kilbourne, EdD, media critic, author and expert on advertising and women
  • Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Director of Research, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University
  • Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Chevese Turner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Binge Eating Disorders Association


  • Increasing public concern about the rise in obesity may have led to societal confusion about what's healthy and created an unrealistic pressure to be thin.
  • There is an underlying concern that new interventions to treat overweight and obesity may be used inappropriately both by those that are normal weight and those who are overweight or obese.
  • When discussing weight and size, greater focus must be placed on "health," rather than cosmetic goals.
  • Current dialogue and images in media, entertainment and policy making discussions may contribute to an inability to successfully address this issue and actually result in an increase of body image issues, eating disordered behaviors and obesity.

When: Monday, May 9, 2011

12:00 pm - Registration

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm - Panel Discussion

*Light lunch will be served.

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

HVC 201

1st Street NE (at East Capitol Street NE)

RSVP: To RSVP, e-mail or call Melissa Warren at mwarren@ccapr.com or (202) 609-6010.

Directions: Members of the public should enter through the main entrance to the
Capitol Visitors Center located near East Capitol Street and 1st Street NE/SE. Once

inside, proceed down the stairs, escalators or elevators one level. Approach the

Appointments Desk and tell them you're going to the Pounds and Policy discussion in

HVC 201. They will then direct you to HVC 201.

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance receives funding from founding sponsor, sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC and supporting sponsor, Allergan, Inc.

Binge Eating Disorder Assocation (BEDA) was founded to help those who have binge eating disorder, their friends and family, and those who treat the disorder.

BEDA provides the individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder the recognition and resources they deserve to begin a safe journey toward a healthy recovery. BEDA also serves as a resource for providers of all kinds to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disorder.

By establishing strong connections among members and sister organizations, BEDA's goal is to give everyone access to the tools they need to live with, treat, and, ultimately, prevent the disorder.

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