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EDC Press Releases

February 3, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Releases Official Letter Requesting the Inclusion of the Nutrition CARE Act Within Cures 2.0

December 23, 2019

HHS Office on Women's Health Releases Summary Report of Meeting on Eating Disorders and Obesity Messaging

November 21, 2019

Bipartisan Senators Introduce the Nutrition CARE Act Companion Legislation to Improve Access to Treatment for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities on Medicare 

October 28, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Celebrates Latest Federal Guidance on Implementation of Mental Health Parity to Promote Compliance and Enforce Eating Disorders Coverage 

October 23, 2019 

Bipartisan Women Senators Introduce the Senate SERVE Act--Increasing Identification of Mental Illness and Eating Disorders Treatment Access for Military Members and Families

September 26, 2019

Eating Disorders Leadership Summit Meeting Underscores Collaboration and Commitment to Dialogue

September 19, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Board President Presents at the National Advisory Mental Health Council 

September 5, 2019

Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals Join the Eating Disorders Coalition

July 11, 2019

Bipartisan Congresswomen Introduce The Nutrition CARE Act: First Eating Disorders Legislation to Improve Access to Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities on Medicare

May 17, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Celebrates the House Passage of H.R. 987 to Protect and Stabilize the Affordable Care Act

May 15, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of the SERVE Act - Legislation Addressing Eating Disorders Treatment for Military Members and Families

May 10, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Welcomes 142 Advocates to Nation's Capital in Support of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Coverage for Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy

April 10, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Spearheads US Department of Health and Human Services Inaugural Meeting on Eating Disorders and Obesity Messaging

March 26, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Opposes Administration’s Decision to Not Uphold the Affordable Care Act

March 8, 2019

Eating Disorders Coalition Applauds Decision in Wit v. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company

January 25, 2019
Message from the EDC President: Eating Disorders Coalition Announces Two New 2019 Federal Initiatives to Improve Eating Disorders Coverage

January 15, 2019
Eating Disorders Coalition Elects New Leadership for 2019-2020 Term.

December 17, 2018
Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Coalition Partner to Submit Joint Comments to the NIH’s Strategic Plan for Nutrition Research.

October 25, 2018
EDC Disapproves and Decries the Administration Attempt to Erase Transgender Definition in Federal Programs.

September 28, 2018
Eating Disorders Coalition Applauds the Passage and Inclusion of Eating Disorders Trainings for Primary Care Professionals within the $49M HRSA grant program under the FY 2019 Federal Funding Package

September 21, 2018
EDC Applauds SAMHSA's Recently Announced Center of Excellence For Eating Disorders Awardee - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

July 23, 2018
EDC Applauds Congress and HHS For Implementing ANNA Westin Act Trainings For Health Professionals Through $3.75M Center of Excellence For Eating Disorders

July 2, 2018
Group of 51 Bipartisan Senators and Members of Congress Urge HHS for Full-Scale Implementation of Education and Training on Eating Disorders Provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act

June 25, 2018
Eating Disorders Coalition Urges Important Mental Health Parity Changes During Federal Agency Comment Period to Help People with Eating Disorders Receive Life-Saving Treatment Coverage

June 15, 2018
Eating Disorders Coalition Applauds Congressmen Seth Moulton (D-MA) & Walter Jones (R-NC) for Leading a Bipartisan Letter to Investigate Eating Disorders Prevention and Treatment for Servicemembers and Their Families

March 23, 2018
Passage of the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act Includes Further Implementation of Anna Westin Act Provision to Train Health Professionals on Eating Disorders

March 16, 2018
WVU and CAMC Spearhead Innovative Learning for State Eating Disorder Treatment Providers

January 16, 2018
EDC Encourages the CDC to Enhance Eating Disorder Data Collection Efforts within the National Health Interview Survey

January 3, 2018
Kitty Westin, National Leader in Eating Disorders Advocacy, Retires from Eating Disorders Coalition Board of Directors


2017 Press Releases

October 30, 2017
65 Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge CDC To Include Eating Disorders within National Surveillance Systems

August 4, 2017
EDC Applauds the HHS Office on Women's Health for Taking the First Step Towards Implementing 21st Century Cures; However, Encourages Stronger Application

July 10, 2017

Bipartisan Resolution for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

May 30, 2017
Eating Disorders Eligible for Research Funding to Help Military Servicemembers and Families

May 23, 2017
Congress to the Administration- We Can't Wait Any Longer

March 17, 2017
WVU and CAMC Spearhead Innovative Learning for State Eating Disorder Treatment Providers

2016 Press Releases

December 7, 2016
Congress Makes History by Passing First-Ever Eating Disorders Legislation
 Congress Makes History by Passing First-Ever Eating Disorders Legislation (Joint Press Release with WVU Disordered Eating Center of Charleston)
Congress Makes History by Passing First-Ever Eating Disorders Legislation
(Legislation led by Senator Baldwin, Wisconsin)

Advocates celebrate the passage of first-ever eating disorders legislation

November 1, 2016
White House Focuses on Mental Health Parity Including Better Awareness Needed for Eating Disorders Coverage

September 15, 2016
Eating Disorders Community Meets with Senior Staff From White House and Other Government Agencies to Discuss Parity, Early Identification, and Research

March 23, 2016
Members of Congress and Senate Request Eating Disorders Inclusion for Defense Research Funding

March 17, 2016
Eating Disorder History Made: Mental Health Bill Passes in Senate HELP Committee Including Eating Disorders Provisions from the Anna Westin Act of 2015 

March 10, 2016
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. visits The Renfrew Center of Atlanta to discuss the deadliest mental illness and pending legislation

February 22, 2016
Eating Disorders Legislative Champion Senator Shelley Moore Capito Tours the West Virginia University Disordered Eating Center of Charleston during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

2015 Press Releases

November 5, 2015
Bipartisan Champions for Eating Disorders - Rep. Leonard Lance and Rep. Doris Matsui - Champion Eating Disorders Amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee

October 27, 2015
Senators Awarded for Their Efforts Combating Eating Disorders

July 28, 2015
Women Senators from across the Nation Unite to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Eating Disorders

May 21, 2015
New Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Florida Representatives to Combat Eating Disorders; Featuring Celebrity Olympic Athlete

May 15, 2015
Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

2014 Press Releases

July 24, 2014
Media Advisory: Congressional Briefing on Seriousness of Eating Disorders

April 18, 2014
The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC) Announces New Policy Director

March 12, 2014
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Intends to call on the FTC to Examine the Effects of "Photoshopped" Advertising on Eating Disorders and Consumer Health

2013 Press Releases

May 23, 2013
FREED Act Introduced!

2012 Press Releases

March 8, 2012
Al Guida, Jr., J.D. Joins the Eating Disorders Coalition Policy Team

January 17, 2012
Avalon Hills Gives Historic $25,000 Gift to the Eating Disorders Coalition, EDC Plans to Add 600 Hours of Advocacy Work in 2012 as Result


EDC in the News

July 23, 2019 - South Pasadenan

"Rep. Chu Introduces Bipartisan Nutrition CARE Act for Seniors with Eating Disorders"

May 8, 2019 - Roll Call
"'The eating disorder is the tip of the iceberg’: Survivors try to get Congress on their side"

February 15, 2018 - The Hill
"30 million people will experience eating disorders - the CDC needs to help"

May 19, 2017 - Huffington Post
"Gifts from a Life in Eating Disorder Recovery"

April 4, 2017 - Good Morning Washington
"Eating disorders awareness and the need for congressional support"

January 16, 2017 - Herald Dispatch
"New WV bill could help treat eating disorders"

January 12, 2017 - GazetteXtra
"Act could impact locals suffering from eating disorders"

January 7, 2017 - Shakopee Valley News
"Anna Westin's death helped lead to bill's passage in Congress"

January 5, 2017 - Chaska Herald
"Anna Westin honored 17 years later"

January 4, 2017 - MinnPost
"Kitty Westin: Anna Westin Act’s passage brings relief, renewed determination"

January 2, 2017 - Herald Dispatch
"New law also could aid people with eating disorders"

2016 News

December 26, 2016 - Herald Dispatch
"Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: 21st Century Cures Act will benefit W.Va."

December 21, 2016 - CBS 58
"New Law Helps People with Eating Disorders"

December 20, 2016 - Brookfield-Elm Grove Now
"Elm Grove family celebrates passing of Anna Westin Act"

December 19, 2016 - Fox 9 
"Obama signs Anna Westin Act to ensure health insurance coverage for eating disorders"

December 19, 2016 - La Crosse Tribune
"Eating disorders bill championed by Burlington man approved"

December 19, 2016 - News on 6
"Congress Passes Act Pushing For Better Treatment Of Eating Disorders"

December 18, 2016 - CBS 7
"Wisconsin man had hand in new eating disorders law"

December 15, 2016 - The Milton Courier
"Victory for eating disorders prevention, treatment"

December 15, 2016 - Kansas City Business Journal
"Cures Act includes vital mental health provisions"

December 14, 2016 - The Hill
"Delivering treatment before tragedy"

December 14, 2016 - Miami Herald
"Congress passes its first eating disorders law"

December 14, 2016 - BTA Bulgaria
Barack Obama, Kitty Westin

December 14, 2016 - Herald Dispatch
"WV represented as Obama signs Cures Act"

December 14, 2016
"21st Century Cures: Tackling the Growing Problem of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders"
McDermott, Will & Emery
JD Supra Business Advisors
The National Law Review

December 14, 2016 - Lexology
"New Law Permits Stand-Alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) For Small Employers"

December 13, 2016 - Behavioral Healthcare Executive
"Obama signs Cures Act"

December 13, 2016 - Main Street Advocacy
"The Anna Westin Act: Monumental Legislation Fighting Eating Disorders"

December 13, 2016 - Getty Images North America
"President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act"

December 13, 2016 - Fox 9
"Klobuchar legislation included in signed CURES Act"

December 12, 2016 - Star Tribune
"A mother's important victory against eating disorders"

December 12, 2016 - Charleston Gazette
"Legislation aims to help eating disorder patients"

December 12, 2016 - Minnesota Ag Connection
"Congress Passes Historic Eating Disorders Legislation"

December 12, 2016 - Lady Free Thinker
"Congress Passes First-Ever National Legislation to Fight Eating Disorders"

December 12, 2016 - New Jersey Hills
"Eating disorders legislation, backed by Warren resident, approved by U.S. Congress"

December 12, 2016 - Political News
"Capito Praises Passage of Lifesaving Medical Innovation Bill" December 12, 2016 - Florida Times-Union
"A way forward for fixing Obamacare"

December 8, 2016 - International Business TimesDecember 9, 2016 - Self
"Congress Just Passed The First Ever Eating Disorder Legislation"

December 9, 2016 - Newswise
"U.S. Congress Passes Historic Eating Disorders Legislation"

December 9, 2016 
"Reform bill passed to help people with eating disorders"
WJLA 7 On Your Side
News 4
KGBT Valley Central
ABC News 4
Fox 11 Reno
CBS Austin

December 8, 2016 - International Business Times
"Eating Disorder Treatment, Research Gets National Recognition in 21st Century Cures Act"

December 8, 2016 - The State Journal
"Congress passes eating disorders legislation"

December 8, 2016 - The Journal Times
"Eating disorders bill championed by Burlington man approved"

December 8, 2016 
"Beverly family championed eating disorders legislation"
Salem News
Gloucester Times

December 8, 2016 - Post Bulletin
"Mayo Clinic applauds the passage of medical research funding"

December 8, 2016 - KFYR
"Eating disorder advocates find hope in the historic passage" (Gray DC)

December 7, 2016 - PR Newswire
"Advocates celebrate the passage of first-ever eating disorders legislation"

December 7, 2016 - Yahoo! Finance
"Advocates celebrate the passage of first-ever eating disorders legislation"

December 7, 2016 - PR Web
"Congress Passes First-Ever Eating Disorders Legislation After Push from Veritas Collaborative Leadership"

December 7, 2016 - Augusta Free Press
"Kaine, Warner on the passage of 21st Century Cures Act"

December 6, 2016 - Fox 9
"Cures Act steps closer to law, brings funding to opioid treatment and more"

December 6, 2016 - Star Tribune
"Senate vote clears the way for 21st Century Cures Act"

December 6, 2016 - ABC 6 News
"21st Century Cures Act to Create Health Care Reform"

December 5, 2016 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"U.S. Senate set to approve the sweeping medical bill"

August 11, 2016 - Politico Pro
"Long under Congress' radar, eating disorder treatment advocates on verge of pushing through reforms"

July 26, 2016 - New Jersey Hills
"Warren woman lobbies for eating disorders legislation"

June 16, 2016 - Racked
"ModCloth Lobbies Congress for Truth in Advertising Act"

March 24, 2016 - Gray DC
"Obamacare works to eating disorders treated, still many left without coverage"

March 21, 2016 - Mental Health Weekly
EDC cited in Mental Health Weekly, March 21, 2016

March 17, 2016 - Political News
"Eating Disorders History Made: Mental Health Bill Passes in Senate HELP Committee..."

March 14, 2016 - Pacific Standard
"The Youngest Casualties in the War on Obesity"

>March 14, 2016 - The Journal Times
"After teacher's death, husband hopes to help others battling eating disorders"

March 4, 2016 - Coastal Television Broadcasting Company
"US Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski Co-Sponsors Eating Disorder Legislation"

March 1, 2016 - WMUR New Hampshire
"Ayotte tours Concord facility for people with eating disorders"

February 27, 2016 
"Ayotte to tour eating disorder facility, promote legislation" 
NH1  News Network (New Hampshire)
Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)
Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
WKRG News-5 (Mobile, AL)
WSLS News 10 (Roanoke, VA)
News United (outside the U.S.)
Beloit Daily News (Beloit, WI)
Centre Daily Times (State College, PA)
Dothan Eagle (Dothan, AL)  
Idaho Statesman (Idaho) Sen. Ayotte at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
In USA News (Online)
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Lexington Herald Leader (Lexington, KY)
News One Place (Online)
World News (Worldwide)
NSV24.com (Worldwide)
Opelika (Opelika, AL)
SunHerald (Biloxi, MI)
Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK)
WCMH-TV (Columbus, OH)

February 26, 2016 - The State Journal
"Progress Being Made in Treating Disordered Eating"

February 25, 2016 - Woodbury Bulletin
"Wanted: healthcare coverage of eating disorder treatment"

February 25, 2016 - ABC7
"Deadliest Mental Health Disorder Doesn't Have to Be"

February 24, 2016 - Sun Sentinel
"Eating disorders awareness walk set Feb. 27"

February 23, 2016 - WOWK-TV
"Capito Visits WVU Disordered Eating Center During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week"

February 22, 2016 - WV Gazette
"Capito tours Charleston eating disorder center" 

2015 News

December 17, 2015 - The Boston Globe
"Kennedy bill seeks reasons for denial of mental health claims" 

November 19, 2015 - The Salem News
"Breaking the silence: Daughter's struggle with anorexia prompts mother's advocacy"

November 11, 2015 - KSTP-TV
"Minn. Mother Aims to Help Patients with Eating Disorders Across the Country"

November 8, 2015 - Daily Herald
"Eating disorders are more common and deadly than people realize"

October 27, 2015 - nbc15
"New eating disorder legislation seeks to hold insurance companies accountable"

September 3, 2015 - City Pages Minneapolis
"Kitty Westin Wants to Save Parents from Having to Bury a Child"

August 20, 2015 - Mental Health Weekly
"Combating eating disorders gain ample bipartisan support"

August 11, 2015 - KFYR-TV
"Anna Westin Act Fights for Education, Treatment of Eating Disorders"

August 11, 2015 - Valley News Live
"Anna Westin Act Focuses on Education and Treatment of Eating Disorders"

August 10, 2015 - Star Tribune
"Parents of woman who died while battling anorexia push for legislation"

August 6, 2015 - Chaska Herald
"Remembering Anna"

July 31, 2015 - MinnPost
"Kitty Westin, Sen. Klobuchar hope eating disorders bill named for Anna Westin will help others"

July 30, 2015 - MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell Reports
"Anna Westin Act introduced to combat eating disorders"

July 29, 2015 - WVVA
"Sen. Capito discusses bill to combat eating disorders"

July 29, 2015 - KIMT News 3
"Klobuchar introduced legislation combating eating disorders"

July 29, 2015 - WKTB News8000
"New legislation aimed at preventing, treating eating disorders"

July 10, 2015 - The Hill
"Why the Anna Westin Act of 2015 matters"

April 3, 2015 - Voice of America
"Banning Too-Thin Models: Right Move, Wrong Approach, Say Experts"

February 17, 2015 - CBS News
“Debate Heats Up Over Photoshopped Fashion Models”

February 12, 2015 – Women’s eNews
"School BMI Screenings Can Foster Fat Shaming"

January 18, 2015 – Examiner
"Victory against school BMI screenings: CDC responds to eating disorder concerns"

2014 News

July 29, 2014 – Women’s eNews
“Insurance for Eating Disorders Inadequate”

April 22, 2014 - The Daily Beast
"Our Photoshopping Disorder: The Truth in Advertising Bill Asks Congress to Regulate Deceptive Images"

April 21, 2014 - StyleCaster
"New Bill Aims to Regulate Photoshopping in Fashion Ads"

April 19, 2014 - PetaPixel
"The Truth in Advertising Act Seeks to Rein in Excessive Photoshop Use in Ads"

April 18, 2014 - SLR Lounge
"Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Regulate Excessive Photoshop Use"

April 18, 2014 - Huffington Post
"Truth in Advertising and Misleading a Generation"

April 17, 2014 - Jezebel
"Congresswomen Introduce Bill to Regulate Overzealous Photoshopping"

April 17, 2014 - Digiday
"There's a push to make photoshopped models in ads illegal"

April 14, 2014 - AdAge
"The Truth in Advertising Act: Can the Government Really Regulate Photoshopping?"

April 8, 2014 - Time
"When A Guy Gets an Eating Disorder"

April 3, 2014 - Time
"Lobbyists Push Congress to Curb Misleading Photoshopped Ads"

March 8, 2014 - Glamour
"Could You Spot Someone With An Eating Disorder?"

February 12, 2014 - Los Angeles Times
"'Biggest Loser' controversy can focus on public health issues"