Xavier sponsors a free presentation and panel discussion on campus about eating disorders

The discussion takes place in the Conaton Learning Commons on Wednesday, March 13 | March 11, 2013

As part of the National Eating Disorders Association Awareness Week, Xavier is hosting a panel discussion on eating disorders on Wednesday, March 13, that is free and open to the public.

The discussion focuses on preventing eating disorders and body image issues, reducing the stigma surrounding them and improving access to treatment. Panelists are from the Eating Disorder Program at the Lindner Center of Hope.

The discussion is in the Kennedy Auditorium in Xavier’s Conaton Learning Commons at the corner of Dana Avenue and St. Francis Xavier Way (formerly Ledgewood Avenue). The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with a reception of light refreshments. At 6:45 p.m., Anne Marie O'Melia, MS, MD – Medical Director, gives the introduction. The panel discussion begins at 7:00 p.m.

The national association reports that 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life in the U.S. It advocates prevention programs that incorporate strategies targeting those populations that are often underrepresented in eating disorder research and treatment.

It also reports that 73 to 88 percent of adolescents with eating disorders reported contact with service providers such as mental health or school services. However, less than 28 percent of them specifically talked with that professional about their eating or weight problems.

Panelists include:

• Jessica Barth-Nesbitt, MA, RD, LD – clinical dietitian.
• Scott Bullock, MSW, LISW-S – Family Eating Disorders Therapist, Intake Eating Disorders Coordinator.
• Heather Dlugosz, MD – Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist.
• Brian P. Dowling, MD, Director of Medical Education, Staff Psychiatrist.
• Anna Guerdjikova, PhD, MSW, LSW – Associate Research Director.
• Sarah Lavanier, PsyD – Staff Psychologist.
• Michael O’Hearn, MSW, LISW-S – Adult Outpatient Intake Coordinator, Therapist.