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Oct. 1, 2003
Nearly 7 million women and 1 million men suffer from eating disorders, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. In addition, 10-25 percent of college women have eating disorders, said Abilene Christian University counselor Margaret Davis.
In response to this epidemic, ACU and Remuda Ranch, the nation's leading treatment center for women and adolescent girls suffering from anorexia and bulimia, will present a workshop for health professionals and a brown bag luncheon for students as part of ACU's annual Wellness Week. The workshop, "Eating Disorders: Research and Practical Help," will be Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. in Hart Auditorium. The brown bag luncheon, "Food for Thought," will be Oct. 9, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Living Room.
"Statistics are important, but they do not reveal the numbers of people who are adversely affected by this society's obsession with thinness," said Davis, a licensed professional counselor in ACU’s Counseling Center. "For every person who has an active eating disorder, there are many others who experience depression and low self-esteem because they don't fit the idealized view of a beautiful body."
Jim Schettler, M.MFT, LMFT, and Janet K. Carr, M.S., R.D., from Remuda Ranch have combined experience of more than 12 years working with eating disorders. At the workshop, they will speak on understanding and treating eating disorders from psychotherapeutic and nutritional perspectives and a multimodal treatment approach.
Although the workshop is geared toward health professionals such as therapists, physicians, guidance counselors, social workers, nutritionists and dietitians, it is open to and helpful for anyone who has concerns about eating disorders, including ministers, friends and family of those struggling with an eating disorder. The general registration fee for the workshop is $50, but full-time students may attend for $15.
"It generally takes years for information about improvements in treatment strategies to become available to health professionals through books and classes," Davis said. "This is a great opportunity for professionals to upgrade their skills to treat disorders that are becoming increasingly common and for which many professionals feel under-trained."
At the luncheon, Carr and Schettler will present information on how people move from dieting to an eating disorder, changes that occur in the brain when a person develops an eating disorder, and how one can be healthy, fit and attractive without feeling deprived and hungry.
The brown bag luncheon, Davis said, may even help students not concerned for themselves or friends, but who want to be better parents.
"Eating disorders are being transmitted from generation to generation as parents overly concerned about size and appearance communicate body dissatisfaction to children too young to question the validity of such concerns," she said.
The workshop is also acceptable for six continuing education credit hours for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), the Texas Department of Human Resources, and the Texas State Board Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). It also meets the requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. There is a $5 fee for CEU verification.
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