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Eating disorders, obesity and communications experts tackle 'weighty matters'
Date:4/2/2010

Past President, NEDA, also representing AED, IAEDP and BEDA. The roundtable addressed current perception, dialogue and images in media and entertainment which may be resulting in an increase in body image issues, eating disordered behaviors and obesity.

"We need to address the societal pressures and the unrealistic images bombarding us from the media that have been scientifically proven to be a contributing factor among people who develop eating disorders, depression and other esteem issues," said Lynn Grefe, CEO of NEDA. "These pressures affect all of us; whether we are struggling with obesity or an eating disorder, it's important that we come together to address the problem."

NEDA and the Alliance said it's time we tackle negative effects of the media's promotion of unrealistic body images and gather experts to discuss these important issues. The NEDA and Alliance panel discussed the pervasive stigma associated with both obesity and eating disorders in this country and explored ways the media can help to address and reduce the negative impact of stigma.

"So frequently, individuals suffering from both obesity and eating disorders are stigmatized for the conditions. However, no evidence suggests that stigmatizing overweight and obese individuals or those suffering from an eating disorder is a motivator," said Christine Ferguson, J.D., Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. "This is an important opportunity for members of both the obesity and eating disorders communities to advocate together for a focus on health and lifestyle rather than weight as a measure of well-being."


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