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Eating Disorders Coalition joins

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T)

in offering a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill

Thursday, November 29, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dirksen Building, Room 430

Washington D.C.



The 10% fatality rate in eating disorders is unacceptable. In this briefing speakers will provide data and testimonials on the heart-wrenching death rate associated with eating disorders and call on Congress and the general public to throw off the stigma and pass legislation to save lives.


Mark Chavez, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health
What the Research Shows: Mortality Statistics for Eating Disorders

Amy Snyder, Mother
Who Are We Fighting For? People Like My 9-Year Old Daughter

Julie O’Toole, MD, MPH, Founder and Medical Director of Kartini Clinic
Saving Lives with Early Intervention: A Pediatrician's Perspective

Joan Riederer, Mother and Justin Riederer, Brother
Giving a Voice to My Family's Years of Support, Hard Work, and Tragic Loss of Erin Riederer

Laura Collins, Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders)
The Central Role of Families

Declaring an end to hiding and the beginning of parents standing up and taking their place to call for better statistics gathering, research funding, professional credentialing, and evidence-based treatment dissemination.

Jeanine Cogan, Ph.D., Policy Director, Eating Disorders Coalition
How Congress Can Address the High Death Rate of Eating Disorders

Open to the public.

Boxed Lunches will be provided.

This briefing is coordinated with the office of Senator Harkin.



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