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Panel discussion on eating disorders Feb. 23 at Shambaugh Auditorium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa health and counseling professionals will hold a panel discussion on eating disorders at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library on the UI campus.

The event, part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28, will provide information on "how to help a friend" who may be suffering from an eating disorder. The discussion also will focus on eye-catching messages in the media and how the media influences body image and self-esteem.

Panelists include: Arnold Andersen, M.D., UI professor of psychiatry and director of Eating Disorders Treatment Programs at the UI Hospitals and Clinics; Audrey Bahrick, senior staff psychologist at University Counseling Service; Rita Krause, M.D., a physician at UI Student Health Service; Julie Gallagher, UI nutritionist at Health Iowa and Athletics; and Ronnye Wieland, a counselor at Counseling and Health Promotions at the UI Family Care Center.

"Recent research has shown that information from peers is the most common source of health information for teens," Gallagher said. "Unfortunately, most young people are reluctant to confront a friend they believe may be struggling with an eating disorder because they don't understand the causes, warning signs and consequences of eating disorders. One of the goals of this panel discussion is to help friends and family members help someone else who may have this problem."

The event is free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program or want more information, call (319) 335-8531.