Glens Falls, New York (PRWEB) July 29, 2005 -
A psychologist who has been treating Anorexia and Bulimia for many years is offering online lectures and chat rooms designed to educate adults about the link between eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Gina Scarano-Osika began exploring this link a few years ago and her efforts have culminated in a new approach to treating compulsive overeating, which she will share with the general public later this week.
ÂThe treatment of obesity is very complex and people need individual attention. I want to tell people what I know about treating eating disorders so that they can begin to understand why they overeatÂ. Dr. Osika encourages her patients to look at the biological, physiological, personality and social factors that lead to compulsive overeating. She has taken interventions used to treat Anorexia and Bulimia and tailored them to help obese and overweight patients understand their impulse to overeat and override what they know they should do.
Dr. Scarano-Osika has been treating eating disorders since 1990. In both her clinical practice and research she recognizes that their exist many varying ÂsubclinicalÂ eating disorders which warrant attention. ÂIn treating these subclinical syndromes, we may be able to prevent the more life threatening illnesses such as obesity and anorexiaÂ ..and because these subclinical conditions are less acute, intervention by an eating disorder specialist may not be neededÂ says Dr. Osika.
In addition to offering educational sessions, Dr. OsikaÂs website includes a chat room for adults in which they can receive support as they work through lessons and cope with the stigma of being overweight. Dr. Scarano-Osika states ÂObese folks feel stigmatized and sometimes ignored, which can lead to all kinds of mood disorders and social phobiaÂ .especially for teens, obesity is a very isolating and lonely illness.Â Online chats are manageable and less threatening ways for these folks to socialize,Â says Osika. ÂChat rooms provide even bedridden folks with a manageable social outlet so that they can feel less alone and isolated, while also working a program to help them understand their impulse to overeatÂ .With a little education and a lot of support from others, anything can be possible for a heavyset personÂ.
Dr. OsikaÂs weekly online lecture series will convene each Monday evening at 9:00 pm eastern standard time. Her first lecture/chat is scheduled for the evening of Monday August 1, 2005. Online lectures/support are available at http://www.FriendlyMirrors.com
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