Tuesday, April 8, 2014

West Virginia's First Eating Disorder Conference

On April 11, West Virginia will hold the state’s first eating disorder conference in Charleston. Although three in 10 women and one in 10 men suffer from eating disorders, there still are many misconceptions about these issues.

The West Virginia Eating Disorder Conference will enable healthcare professionals and other concerned people to discuss treatments, diagnosis, public awareness, and understanding how severe eating disorders are.


Dr. Jessica Luzier, clinical director of the West Virginia University Disordered Eating Center of Charleston said, “our hope is that everyone there will be from West Virginia or provide services in West Virginia, and we have a variety of different disciplines attending.” There will be physicians, trainees, social workers, dietitians, and nurses at the conference.

Many times eating disorders are misunderstood. Luzier said, “some common misconceptions include this often misconstrued portrayal that those with eating disorders must have very thin bodies. Eating disorders can occur in folks of all shapes and sizes, races, genders-anyone can have binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia-they may appear to be at a healthy weight and still be at high risk.” 

Eating disorders are a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you love is suffering from a disorder, Passport to Recovery offers numerous superb eating disorder treatment centers that can help restore you back to health and happiness.

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