Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 22, 2011 Press Release: Expert Supports Screening Pregnant Women for Eating Disorders and Trauma

Study Illustrates the Multi-Generational Nature of the Disease.

CHICAGO, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one-third of women surveyed who were being treated for pregnancy related-depression reported a history of eating disorders. Many also reported physical or sexual abuse.  Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, says the study illustrates that eating disorders often devastate multiple generations.
"The eating disorders we treat in women at Timberline Knolls are very much family diseases, many times multi-generational," said Dr. Dennis. "A substantial proportion of our adolescent and adult women with eating disorders have mothers with full blown or subclinical eating disorders themselves. And most of these mothers have never received treatment."...finish reading press release


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