Eating Disorders Advocates on the Brink of Historic Legislative Victory
April 18, 2016
I will never forget the moment when, at age 19, I stood outside of a member of the U.S. Congress' office on Capitol Hill, waiting to enter and talk to him one-on-one about the darkest period in my life. Perhaps you are thinking I should have been entering a psychologists' office instead, but I'd already spent two and a half years in treatment for anorexia. Now, fully recovered and in a new (and frankly, unexpected) role as Miss America 2008, I was ready to speak up for myself and the 30 million women and men struggling for freedom from eating disorders.
Members of Congress and Senate Request Eating Disorders Inclusion for Defense Research Funding
March 23, 2016
Last week, Senator Kelly Ayotte [R-NH], Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], Congressman Ted Deutch [D-FL], Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL-27] and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers [R-NC-2] along with 18 of their colleagues, submitted a first-of-its kind letter requesting eating disorders inclusion for specific Department of Defense research programs.
Eating Disorders History Made
March 17, 2016
Mental Health Bill Passes in Senate HELP Committee Including Eating Disorders Provisions from Anna Westin Act of 2015
Yesterday was a historic day for the 30 million Americans experiencing an eating disorder in their lifetimes, their families, and treatment providers. For the first time in history, legislation specifically designed to help people with eating disorders passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The bill will likely reach the Senate Floor for vote in mid to late April of 2016.
After teacher's death, husband hopes to help others battling eating disorders
March 14, 2016
BURLINGTON - On the outside, Jennifer Libbey looked like a normal, healthy person, a kindergarten teachers with three children and a loving husband.
The inside, however, was a different story, and one that no one heard until it was too late.
After suffering from bulimia for some 15 years, Libbey died in 2014 of cardiac arrest at just 35 years old.