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Events Feb. 24 and 26 at the U of M Will Shed Light on Eating Disorders University News
For release: February 13, 2009

For press information, contact Brandy Hunter, 901-678-6244 or Cody Newman, 901-461-8654

America the Beautiful
As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 22-28), the University of Memphis will host the West Tennessee premiere of the documentary film America the Beautifulon Tuesday, February 24, in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the film and a panel discussion with its writer and producer, Darryl Roberts.

The film explores the question of whether America has an unhealthy obsession with beauty.  It is presented by Active Minds and the Student Dietetic Association, in partnership with the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Convenient parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage or in the Southern Avenue parking lot.

On Thursday, February 26, a panel discussion featuring Dr. Beth Lyons and Leslie Schilling will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Brister Hall, Room 220.  They will discuss the prevalence of eating disorders on college campuses and what college communities can do to aid in eating-disorder awareness.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.  Reservations may be made by calling Brandy Hunter at 901-351-4734 or Cody Newman at 901-461-8654.  Convenient parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive or in the Central Avenue parking lot.

Now in its 22nd year, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week brings attention to the severity of eating disorders, which are mental illnesses that can often have life-threatening physical consequences. In the U.S., as many as a million males and 10 million females struggle with the devastating effects of anorexia and bulimia. Another 25 million suffer from binge-eating disorder.  While recovery is possible, especially with early intervention, many people suffer from long-term effects of these illnesses. 

Thousands of individuals and communities are expected to participate in events across the country to raise awareness about body image and eating disorder issues during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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