West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 08, 2012
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness has printed and distributed 15,000 hard copies of their first comprehensive national referral guide of U.S. eating disorders treatment centers to directors of counseling centers at every college and university in the United States.
Many college students report some type of disordered eating ranging from mild dieting to disordered eating and/or clinically diagnosed eating disorders. According to Princeton University Health Systems, 30% of students experience eating disorder symptoms during their college years. College administrators report a 24.3% rise in reports of eating disorder behavior among college students (2010 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors). In August 2010, The National Eating Disorders Association conducted an opt-in study and found that 85% of participating health providers and educators identified their greatest challenge on college campuses as a lack of on-staff dedicated resources.
In an effort to fill the void, augment access to care, and centralize information on US eating disorder treatment centers nationwide, The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness researched and created this national referral guide of U.S. eating disorders treatment centers. The goal of The Guide is to provide access to care for those who are struggling with an eating disorder and provide referrals to specialized inpatient, residential, PHP/day, and outpatient treatment centers throughout the country.
“We are so thrilled to be able to provide this important resource to colleges and universities across the country,” said Johanna Kandel, founder and CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. “We need to spread the message that help is available and recovery, and this guide is one more important step in the awareness process.”
The guide will be provided at no cost, thus, making it available to everyone who needs help. The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness scope of reach with this project is upwards of 18 million college students. The guide is also available for free download online via The Alliance’s website, http://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com, making it even more accessible, reaching treatment professionals, those that are seeking treatment and their friends and families.
About The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness:
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a non-profit organization that has worked tirelessly for the past 11 years, throughout South Florida and nationwide, to prevent eating disorders and promote a positive body image, free from weight preoccupation and size prejudice. This multi-faceted organization offers educational presentations, free support groups for those struggling and for their family and friends, advocacy for mental health legislation, toll-free national phone help line, as well as referrals, training, support and mentoring services. Since its inception in October 2000, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders, positive body image and self-esteem to more than 160,000 individuals throughout the United States, including informal, in-office learning forums for all health care professionals.
Media contact: Rebecca Seelig, PBPR, (561) 628-5929, rseelig(at)pb-pr(dot)com