International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Responds to New Pink Video

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New Pink music video highlights women’s obsession with thinness and external beauty.

The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp,) an organization committed to training and certifying professionals in the field of eating disorder treatment, responds immediately:

The latest Pink video “Stupid Girls” highlights the culture’s relentless and unrealistic pursuit of thinness and unattainable drive for physical beauty. iaedp sees this as an opportunity to again remind people of the seriousness of eating disorders which have devastating effects as individuals struggle to achieve social acceptance and self-worth.

The goal of ieadp is to educate the public to focus on the victims who need compassion and encouragement in their attempts to heal. This is an illness not a choice.

President of iaedp, Emmett Bishop, MD, adds, “This video highlights how life-consuming an eating disorder can be. I am hoping that women can see the un-glamorous side of celebrity popularity founded on physical beauty alone.”

iaedp does not intend to endorse Pink’s video or personal political position. However, the release of her album and video does occur before the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and illuminates powerfully the impact of these disorders in this country and elsewhere.

At the same time we applaud the message of Pink’s song and her statement which points out “that if we waste our time, money and energy on trying to be someone else's idea of fabulous, we waste our potential to be something better.”

For additional practitioner comments or expert interviews, please feel free to contact a member of the iaedp Board of Directors.

http://www.iaedp.org

iaedp™ Board of Directors (listed alphabetically)

Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, CEDS (Secretary)        

Interactive Dynamics                    

356 Valley Stream Circle            

Naples, FL 34113            

(P) (239) 775-9707            

Vicki Berkus, MD, PHD, CEDS

(Immediate Past President)

10371 N. Oracle Rd. #204

Oro Valley, Arizona 85737

(P) (520) 825-9460

Emmett R. Bishop, MD, CEDS (President)

Eating Disorder Center of Denver

950 S. Cherry Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80246

Direct Office: 720-889-4220

Receptionist: 303-771-0861

Toll-free: 866-771-0861

Ralph Carson, PHD., RD            

713 Versailles Drive                

Huntsville, AL 35803                                

(P) (256) 882-1788                                    

S. Roy Erlichman, PHD, CEDS        

ERE Associates

7325 SW 63rd Ave., Ste. 101

S. Miami, FL 33143

(P)(305) 284-1143

Holly Finlay, LPCC, CEDS                

Albuquerque Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders        

11930 Menaul Blvd. NE Suite 224-C                    

Albuquerque, NM 87112                    

(P) (505) 266-6121        

Bonnie Harken (Managing Director)

(P) (800) 800-8126 Ext 89

Kimberly McCallum, MD

McCallum Place on Park

100 S. Brentwood, Ste. 350

Clayton, MO 63105

(P) (314) 863-7700

Andrea Pennington, MD (President Elect)

Pennington Institute

8505 Fenton Street #206

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910        

(P) (301) 588-7366

Adrienne Ressler, MA, CSW, Fellow of iaedp™            

The Renfrew Center                

7700 Renfrew Lane

Coconut Creek, FL 33073                

(P) (800) 332-8415                    

Cathy Reto, PhD

4452 Park Blvd., Ste. 310

San Diego, CA 92116-

(P) (619) 574-7525

Marie Shafe, EDD, CEDS

925 Torrey Pine Drive

Winter Springs, FL 32708

(P) (407) 359-1866

Richard (Dick) Wilson, PhD, Fellow of iaedp™

3061 Madison Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92831

(P) (714) 528-2257

Bernard Strauss, MBA    (Treasurer)            

Senior Vice President, Investments            

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.                

116C Palm Point Circle

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418            

(P) (800) 327-6187

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