Eating Disorders History and Awareness


In the U.S., as many as 10 million girls and women and as many as one million boys and men struggle with eating disorders.

And eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness; almost one out of ten people who struggle with the disorder will die as a result of it.

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, learn about eating disorders throughout history, with author and Cornell University Professor Emerita Joan Jacobs Brumberg, and we’ll hear about the causes and treatment of eating disorders, with Center for Balanced Living founder/CEO Laura Hill, and Julia Weisenborn, who has recovered from an eating disorder.

Joan Jacobs Brumberg Professor Emerita in Social History at Cornell University, and the author of “Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa” and “The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls.”

Dr. Laura Hill is CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of the Center for Balanced Living, a nonprofit organization that specializes in the prevention, treatment and research of eating disorders, in Worthington.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University.

Julia Weisenborn developed an eating disorder when she was 16 years old.  She was treated when she was 21 for symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and binging. Julia also grew up with an anorexic mother who still battles her eating disorder.

At age 24, Julie has been in recovery for about 2 years. She is employed, and participates in activities sponsored by The Center for Balanced Living to help the family and friends of  someone who has an eating disorder.

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