CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
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.