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National Eating Disorders Assn. to Honor Leaders in Battle Against Eating Disorders

Sopranos Star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel and Dove to Receive Awards at NEDA Benefit Dinner

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Eating Disorders Association will hold its annual Benefit Dinner, Connect for the Cause, on Thursday evening, November 29th at the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Benefit caps a pivotal year for NEDA, whose tireless efforts to advocate on behalf of families affected by eating disorders resulted in gains in insurance coverage in several states, pressure on the fashion industry to use healthy-looking models, and research grants to spur efforts to find a cure for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders.

NEDA will honor talented actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her award-winning role as Meadow Soprano in hit HBO show The Sopranos, for her efforts to raise awareness and funds for eating disorder research; Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, for bringing eating disorders to the top of the national mental health agenda; and to Dove, for its commitment to educate women and girls about the importance of feeling good about themselves and their bodies. The Corporate Responsibility Award will be given to Dove on behalf of NEDA, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Coalition.

Also to be honored will be Leslie Lipton, a Barnard College student and author of the novel Unwell, who will receive NEDA's Young Advocate Award for her work to educate students throughout New York City on the dangers of eating disorders.

Diana Williams, WABC-TV news anchor and a NEDA board member will emcee. Steve Adubato, Ph.D, Channel 13 anchor and MSNBC media analyst, will host the live auction. Co-chairs of the event from the tri-state region include Deborah Belfatto, Patty Jewett, Phoebe & Edmund Megna and Dorothy & John Sprague.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports those affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Since the inception of its Helpline in 1999, NEDA has referred more than 50,000 people to treatment and tallies more than 40 million hits annually on its web site.

SOURCE National Eating Disorders Association
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