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Educating Congress Through Congressional Briefings

Congressional briefings are presentations that we conduct throughout the year at the U.S. Capitol in order to offer education about eating disorders. Working with sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate, we determine a theme and work with speakers to create a concise, informative program for members of Congress and their legislative aides. At briefings, elected officials and their aides ask questions, offer their perspectives, and get to know members of the eating disorders community.


COVID-19 and Eating Disorders: How Untreated Eating Disorders Impact Americans, Medicare and the Economy
Virtual Congressional Briefing: July 28, 2020



Speaker Bio Packet

Nutrition CARE Act Infographic

STRIPED Report Infographic

Military Eating Disorders: How We Can Better SERVE Our Nation's Heroes and Their Families
Virtual Congressional Briefing: April 2, 2020



Nutrition CARE Act: How Medicare is Missing the Mark on Treating Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: November 19, 2019


Waiting on CURES: The Role of Health Professionals in Early Detection of Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: November 1, 2017

Early Detection of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 26, 2016


Saving Lives Through the Three T's: Training, Treatment & Truth in Advertising
Congressional Briefing: May 13, 2015

Moms Impacted By Eating Disorders: Untold Stories Too Long Untold
Congressional Briefing: October 1, 2014

Photoshopping, Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders: What They Have in Common and Why They Matter
Congressional Briefing: July 24, 2014

Truth in Advertising: The FTC's Role in Protecting Consumers from Photoshopped Ads
Congressional Briefing: April 3, 2014

Fear of Fat & Weight Stigma: The Intersection of Obesity & Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 18, 2013

The Promise of Mental Health Parity and the Affordable Care Act for the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Fact or Fiction?
Congressional Briefing: April 17, 2013

10% is Unacceptable
Congressional Briefing: November 29, 2012

The Faces of Eating Disorders: Will the Person with an Eating Disorder Please Stand Up
Congressional Briefing: April 24, 2012

The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act: The Benefits of Access to Care, Appropriate Treatment, and Increased Research and Education
Congressional Briefing: October 4, 2011

Addressing Eating Disorders through the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act
Congressional Briefing: April 12, 2011


The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act: How Congress Will Save Lives By Passing this Bill
Congressional Briefing; September 30, 2010

Eating Disorders Treatment 10 Years Later: How many more must die?
Congressional Briefing: April 27, 2010

Health Care, Insurance Coverage and Eating Disorders: Why We Need Reform and the FREED Act Now
Congressional Briefing: September 24, 2009

A Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: April 2, 2009

America The Beautiful: How America's Obsession with Beauty Contributes to Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 10, 2008

The Freed Act:  A Federal Response To Eliminate Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: April 10, 2008

Eating Disorders: Fighting Stigma with Science
Congressional Briefing: February 27, 2008

Researchers Respond! Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders 
Congressional Briefing: April 26, 2006


Schools, Students, Obesity and Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: June 29, 2005

Adequate Treatment and Costs for Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: April 14, 2004

American Realities: The Changing Face of Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: December 2, 2003

Eating Disorders Treatments: Rarely Covered Health Care
Congressional Briefing: July 15, 2003

When Kids Can’t Concentrate: How Eating Disorders Impact Our Children’s Education
Congressional Briefing: February 26, 2003

How Many Must Die Before We Help? Eating Disorders Prevention & the Role of Congress
Senate Briefing: June 27, 2002

A Matter of Life or Death: A Congressional Briefing on Eating Disorders and Access to Care
Congressional Briefing: June 13, 2002

Not Just a Passing Phase: The Truth about Children and Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: July 24, 2001

The Dangers of Eating Disorders and the Need for Health Care Reform
Congressional Briefing: April 24, 2001

Fighting for Treatment, Fighting for Life: Eating Disorders and Access to Care
Congressional Briefing: September 2000

Award Celebrations

The EDC pays tribute to the outstanding contributions of leaders in the areas of eating disorders research, policy, action, and service. We held our first EDC Awards in 2001 and have since continued to recognize advocates, Members of Congress, and individuals who are making a positive difference for those affected by eating disorders.

2018 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement in Policy Award
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27), 2018

Award for 20 Years of Service & Passion to The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
Kitty Westin, 2018 

Award for Action
Sarah Ohanesian, 2018

Past Award Winners

Champion for Eating Disorders
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), 2015
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), 2015
Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
Senator Kelly Ayotte [R-NH]
Senator Shelley Moore Capito [R-WV]
Senator Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]

Excellence in Advocacy Award
Carmen Cool, 2013

Excellence in Policy Award
Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), 2013

Excellence in Policy Research Award
Dr. Rebecca Puhl, 2013

Lifetime Achievement in Policy Award
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27), 2018 
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), 2013

Award for 20 Years of Service & Passion to The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
Kitty Westin, 2018

Honoring Our Hero and Champion of the FREED Act and Mental Health Parity
Congressman Patrick Kennedy, 2011

Award for Visionary Leadership
David Herzog, M.D., 2005

Award for Research
Michael Levine, Ph.D., 2009
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., 2008
James Mitchell, M.D., 2005
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., 2004
Ruth Striegel-Moore, Ph.D., 2002

Award for Policy
David Wellstone, 2009
Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), 2008
Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN), 2007
Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), 2007
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), 2005
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), 2005
Senator Paul Wellstone & Family, 2004 posthumus
Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL), 2003
Representative Ted Strickland (D-OH), 2003
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), 2002
Representative John Porter (R-IL), 2001
Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO), 2001
Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), 2001 
Senator Jack Reid (D-NV), 2001

Award for Action
Sarah Ohanesian, 2018
Kevin Allen, 2015
NetSmart/EveryDay Matters Foundation, 2015
Kathleen MacDonald, 2009
Darryl Roberts, 2008
Gail Schoenbach, 2005
Joe Kelly, 2004
Kitty Westin, 2002

Award for Service
Leigh and Lindsey Cohn, 2005
Rachel Beckman, 2005
Heather Warnken, 2005
Peggy Hanna, 2004
Jeanine Cogan, Ph.D., 2004
Lara Insel, 2004
Jonelle Rowe, M.D., 2003
Regina Dolan-Sewell, Ph.D., 2003
Mary Ellen Clausen, 2003
Mary Gee, 2003
Amy Tenney-Holtmann, 2003
Anita Sinicrope Maier, 2003
Celeste Pickard, 2003
Kate Dillon, 2002