Bright Nights Community Forum: Current Treatments For Adolescent Eating Disorders

Tuesday March 19, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

An individual's eating habits are influenced by many different factors, including appetite, food availability, and family, peer, and cultural influences. Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, as well as feelings of distress or extreme concern about body shape or weight.

Join us as Daniel Gih, MD and Renee Hoste, PhD, from the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program, give a brief overview presentation on eating disorders and treatment options. Their presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with Erika Feldpausch, LMSW, Clinic Coordinator, U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program, and Sheri Szuch, PhD, Eating Disorders Specialist and private practice psychologist in Ann Arbor, and audience Q&A.

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are not caused by a failure of will or behavior; they are real, treatable medical illnesses, which frequently co-occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders. Because the entire family is affected when a child or adolescent has an eating disorder, the new U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program takes a family-based approach to treatment, in which parents play an integral role in helping their child to recover.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Depression Center.