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Behavioral Health Quarterly Webinar
March 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
It’s Not About The Food: Eating Disorder Myths, Misconceptions, and Strategies for Prevention
Eating disorders are one of the most misunderstood diagnoses in behavioral health, and this lack of understanding is particularly distressing because eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of all behavioral health conditions, surpassed only by opioid use disorder. The misconceptions are largely due to cultural messaging about “ideal” body types, weight stigma toward individuals who fall outside of that cultural ideal, and the complexity of addressing an ongoing behavioral health condition that involves something everyone has their own thoughts about: food.
While there are many excellent eating disorder treatment programs around the country, it is important for everyone to know enough about eating disorders to support individuals who may be struggling and to know how to prevent eating disorders from occurring in the first place.
During National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the WSHA Behavioral Health team will be offering a webinar to provide an opportunity to learn more. In this virtual education event, we will learn about the basics of eating disorders, examine the ways media and culture shape beliefs about body type, discuss the impact of weight stigma on healthcare, and identify practical strategies for support and prevention. Please reach out to Brittany Weiner, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health, with any questions at BrittanyW@wsha.org.