By Jesse Chambers | email@example.com
UAB to fight eating disorders this week with panel discussion, fun on Campus Green, candlelight vigil
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on February 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM, updated February 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their lives, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
NEDA estimates that 90 percent of college-age women are persistently dieting and one-quarter are at risk of developing an eating disorder.
And these disorders can be deadly, with the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness.
The UAB Department of Psychology and the UAB Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology will seek to raise awareness of the problem with a series of events during National Eating Disorders Week, Feb. 24-March 1, according to UAB spokesman Bob Shepard.
--Tonight, a panel discussion between treatment professionals and people in recovery from eating disorders will be held at Samford University. The discussion -- sponsored by Highlands Treatment Center -- will take place at the Brock Forum Building at 5:30 p.m.
--On Wednesday, Psi Chi will host an afternoon of fun, interactive activities on the UAB Campus Green from 12-3 p.m. The event, called the National Eating Disorders Awareness Campus Day, will feature food, music, exercise, face painting and plenty of information about eating disorders.
--On Thursday, a candlelight vigil will be held at The Edge of Chaos meeting space, Lister Hill Library, fourth floor, 1700 University Blvd., at 6 p.m. Survivors, those in recovery and those currently struggling with eating disorders will share their personal stories. The event is hosted by Psi Chi and Highlands Treatment Center.
Attendees at the event Wednesday on the Campus Green will be able to tie-dye a t-shirt or even smash a pair of scales as a way to contribute financially to the fight against eating disorders.
Tie-dying a shirt will cost $10 and be available from 12-3 p.m., according to an event schedule supplied by Psi Chi vice-president Kate Sides. Attendees can smash their own scales or purchase scales for $10 from 12-1 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.
These donations will benefit NEDA.
UAB Counselling and Wellness, UAB Nutrition Sciences, Magnolia Creek Treatment Center and Riviera Fitness Center will be at the event to provide information.
There will be sessions of Zumba from 1:30-2 p.m. and Predator Conditioning from 1-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BlazingED.
For more information about NEDA, go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.
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