The University Record, February 07, 2000

Several units sponsor Eating Disorders Awareness Week activities

By Rebecca A. Doyle

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
In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Center for Continuing Education of Women and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) are sponsoring a panel discussion on how to tell whether someone has an eating disorder and how to get help. The panel and other related events are free and open to the public.

“Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms and Support” will be held noon–1:30 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 staff—for 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:

  • On the Diag, noon–1 p.m. Feb. 14-16. Students will pass out information and ribbons. Sponsored by Students Promoting Eating Disorder Education, Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK).

  • Campus resource tables, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Feb. 17, Michigan Union ground level, North Campus Recreational Building (NCRB) and Central Campus Recreational Building (CCRB). Sponsored by SPEAK, Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Service and the Eating Disorders Professionals League of Michigan.

  • “F-Words: Food, Fear, Fitness, Fat . . .” 7–8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Anderson Rooms C and D, Michigan Union. Panel presentation and discussion with Hays, Kurze and Marilyn Nakamoto, dietician at Health Services. Sponsored by Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Eating Issues Screening, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Feb. 19 at CCRB. Individual professional assessment of eating issues and introduction to available resources. Sponsored by the Eating Disorders Professionals League of Michigan and SPEAK. Another session will be held 11 a.m.–

    2 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. in the Wolverine Rooms, Michigan Union, sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Service.

  • “HELP! My Friend Has an Eating Disorder . . .” 7–8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Wolverine Rooms, Michigan Union. Discussion with Tracey Pearson, sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services and Mentality.