Conference caters to eating disorders



    The Department of Health Sciences and the Division of Continuing Education will sponsor a conference on Managing Obesity and Eating Disorders Thursday and Friday at the Conference Center.

    Rob Holcombe, program administrator, said the conference is open to students and professionals interested in health, wellness, healing, wholeness, and results. The conference will contain information that appeals to the whole community.

    National speakers include Peggy Claude Pierre. Pierre is nationally known for her successful eating disorder clinic in Canada. The news show 20/20 has done a documentary on Pierre, and she has appeared on the Opera Winfrey show, twice.

    Besides Pierre, the keynote speakers will be Walker S. Carlos Poston II, Ph.D, and John P. Foreyt, Ph.D.

    Many conference topics will focus on obesity management, treatments, diets, cancer, weight maintenance and eating disorders (anorexia/bulimia). Most sessions will discuss prevention, healing methods and the latest research information.

    Denae Anderson, conference planner, believes that each person is affected by someone with an eating disorder. The conference will give new methods and will teach how to treat and change eating disorder behavior.

    Other features include: internationally acclaimed research on obesity and eating disorders, new drug information, a best-seller book display and handout materials.

    Academic credit is offered for family science, health science, educational psychology, nursing, psychology, and social work majors.

    Key benefits of the conference include: causes of eating disorders, approaches to obesity control, and new healing enhancements to control these disorders.

    Registration begins now and will continue until the first day, Oct. 2 of the conference. There will be a $15 charge for registration. Brochures contain the registration material. These are available at the Conferences and Workshop Office in the Harmon Building and at the Health Science Office in the Richards Building. Registration fees range from $100 to $220. Student rates include $100 for a full-Ctime undergraduate. Check brochure to see rates, and the Conferences and Workshop phone number is 378-4851.

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