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Eating Disorders, an Invisible Epidemic

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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There's much mythology surrounding eating disorders. Myth: these are time-imited illnesses that resolve when a woman leaves adolescence. Myth: only women experience eating disorders. In a society that reveres bodily thinness and now also celebrates the extremely "fit" body, at once lean and overtly muscular, an estimated 25 to 30 million Americans currently suffer from an eating disorder. Most eating disorders look nothing like the stereotypes suggested by sensational media coverage. The afflicted include men and women of all ages and all ethnicities. And so alongside this country's well-publicized obesity epidemic rages another, quite invisible epidemic of eating disorders. This Medical Center Hour addresses eating disorders and related questions from three perspectives. Speakers include a UVA student in recovery, a parent and national advocate, and the coordinator of the prevention program at UVA's Women's Center. What role does family play in eating disorders? How as health professionals do we ensure that patients get the best treatment? What treatments are most effective? How can we, health professionals and laypersons alike, best support someone who is suffering? What resources are available at UVA and how do we get involved? A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture Co-presented with the Women's Center, UVA
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Brooks, Brodrick
Munn, Robin L.
Chestnutt, Amy K.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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