|A panel discussion on how to tell whether someone has an eating disorder and how to get help for that person is among the activities planned by several U-M units during Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The panel and other related events are free and open to the public. U-M Photo Services file photo|
Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms and Support will be held noon1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union.
Sheryl Kurze, a physician at University Health Service, is a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team for students with eating disorders and will talk about awareness issues and how to find resources. She stresses the importance of awareness not only for students, but for faculty and stafffor themselves and to be able to offer help to their children, students and friends.
Eating disorder is a prevalent problem and may be increasing in frequency, she says. The literature shows it is developing much earlier, and watching trends in young girls behavior has shown it may be increasing.
Victoria Hays, clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services, will focus on how faculty and staff can help students by recognizing signs and symptoms early. She also will talk about resources available and helping someone make the decision to seek treatment.
Michelle Bolek, a graduate student in the School of Public Health, will talk about treatment options and how to help a friend seek treatment.
The panel will be moderated by Lorna Hurl, faculty counselor at FASAP, who will also speak about resources available in the community and at the University for faculty and staff.
The panel is one of a number of activities on campus that target awareness of eating disorders. Others are:
2 p.m. and 47 p.m. in the Wolverine Rooms, Michigan Union, sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Service.