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Harvard Webcast: Eating Disorders, Mental Health and Body Image: The Public Health Connections

Harvard Webcast: Eating Disorders, Mental Health and Body Image: The Public Health Connections

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will host a free, live ForumHSPH.org webcast, Eating Disorders, Mental Health and Body Image: The Public Health Connections, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern. More than 30 million Americans—women and men, children and adults—grapple with eating disorders. These complex illnesses, which include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, severely undermine health and cost lives. This event will explore the many dimensions to eating disorders, including their biological bases, risk factors and treatment options. What role does body image play, and how do industries, such as fashion and advertising, often promulgate unrealistic societal standards of beauty? How might women and girls, in particular, be affected by such pressure? And what’s to be done? For example, would enacting legislation that requires minimum BMIs for models, or requiring disclosures of digitally altered ads, help? This panel will include expertise in psychiatry, children’s health, policy and eating disorders prevention. Expert participants include Ms. Claire Mysko, chief executive officer, The National Eating Disorders Association; Dr. Thomas Weigel, psychiatrist and associate medical director, Klarman Eating Disorders Center, McLean Hospital; Dr. S. Bryn Austin, professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard Chan, professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and director, STRIPED (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders), and Dr. Alison Field, chair, Department of Epidemiology, Brown University. Moderator will be Ms. Carol Hills, senior producer and reporter, PRI’s The World.  The webcast, part of The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums, will be presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBH.

 

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