Monday, February 1, 2016

National Eating Disorder Week--Panel Discussion Includes Concerns for Children and Adolescents

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Panel Discussion
Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

Duke Regional Hospital (Auditorium)
3643 Roxboro Road
Durham, NC 27704

3 Minutes Can Save A Life. 
Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 21-27)


NAMI Durham (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is hosting a panel discussion from several eating disorders clinics in the Triangle to educate people about the nature and treatment of eating disorders. This panel discussion is for professionals, family members, individuals with behavioral health challenges, and the general public. All are welcome!

We brought together four clinical directors from Carolina House, the Duke Center for Eating Disorders, Veritas Collaborative, which specifically treat children and adolescents, and Structure House, which focuses on Binge Eating Disorder. They will sit on a panel to educate and answer questions from the public, family members, providers who treat eating disorders, and most importantly, the people who need more information to recover. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, include extreme emotions, and physical problems have life threatening consequences.

Our Presenters

Leah Berry, LPC, LCAS,
Partial Hosp. Prog. Manager, 
Eileen Chiaro Case, LCSW, Clinical Director, Carolina House, Raleigh 

Jennifer Pells, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services, Structure House

Laura Weisberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Duke Center for Eating Disorders

Here are some facts about eating disorders that are alarming:
According to the National Eating Disorders Coalition, at least 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. According to the National Institute of Health, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses; up to 20% die. People with this mental disorder are 18 times more likely to die early compared with people of similar age. Every 62 minutes someone dies as a result of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illness. Eating disorders affect all populations, male, female, young, old, all economic classes and ethnic groups. We need to bring more attention to this issue. Advocacy is necessary. There is a problem from the lack of education about eating disorders and insurance treatment coverage. Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder receives treatment. We need to change these statistics.

There is still hope. People with eating disorders can recover with treatment, support from their family, and sharing their experiences in support groups with peers. This is the reason we have put together this outstanding panel. We will be discussing questions such as, what are the methods and most challenging aspects of treating an eating disorder? What are the most important attitudes and actions people can take to recover? What are the causes of relapse? What types of support are helpful to assist in getting someone treatment? We welcome audience participation and have set aside time for people to ask their own questions.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Martinez

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