How Eating Disorders Affect Latinos

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Live Tweetchat with The Bella Vita, Dr. Patricia Pitts & Salud Today

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The Bella Vita, one of the nation’s leading treatment centers for eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, will co-host a Tweetchat from 10:00 – 11:00 am Pacific on Tuesday, December 2nd with Salud Today. The chat discussion, “How Eating Disorders Affect Latinos” will use the hashtag #SaludTues on all tweets for the conversation on Twitter. Participants can follow the chat on any web chat application such as http://www.tweetchat.com.

The partnership between Salud Today and The Bella Vita developed through The Bella Vita’s #EDIncludesMe initiative, a vision of CEO and Founder Patricia Pitts, Ph.D. “The ED Includes Me initiative provides people from all walks of life vital information about eating disorders, the treatment of eating disorders, how to support one’s self or a loved one with an eating disorder and educate the public on the global inclusivity of eating disorders.” Dr. Pitts explained. The Bella Vita recently released an ED Includes Me Diversity segment on Latinos/as. The segment caught the attention of and would be beneficial information to the followers of Salud Today via Twitter.

The twitter handle @SaludToday and the #SaludTues Tweetchats are directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) team at The University of Texas, San Antonio Health Science Center. The IHPR’s goal is to investigate the causes of and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer, chronic disease and obesity among Latinos in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation. The IHPR, which is directed by international health promotion expert Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, achieves its mission through research and interventions, training the next generation of researchers and health professionals, and communicating with researchers and the public on Latino health issues.

The Bella Vita’s Social Media Manager, Kate Wotanowicz, shared that, “we were thrilled to be considered to co-host this Tweetchat with Salud Today. The opportunity will allow the ED Includes Me initiative to inform and embrace how to support the Latino/a community from an individual, family and health care profession standpoint.”

During the chat, Dr. Pitts will also share her 30 years of clinical insight, patient success stories and the necessity of eating disorder awareness and outreach to the Latino/a community.

A 2007 study from the International Journal of Eating Disorders highlighted that disordered eating behaviors among minority groups often goes unnoticed until there is a severe medical condition. The partnership of The Bella Vita, Dr. Patricia Pitts and Salud Today’s Tweetchat will aid in bridging that gap and bringing awareness to the impact and preventive measures of eating disorders and co-occuring health illness in the Latino/a community.

About The Bella Vita. At The Bella Vita we recognize the many signs and symptoms an individual struggling with an eating disorder may show the world, even if everyone else may miss them. We have seen this with our thousands of patients – females, males, adolescents, adults and all ethnicities who have struggled with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and disordered eating. We believe that each individual is whole. Working side by side, we guide our patients to put the pieces back together.

The Bella Vita is a CARF accredited program with transitional living and several residential and outpatient treatment centers in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, La Canada Flintridge and Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit http://www.thebellavita.com or call the 24/7 intake line at 818.585.1775 for program and admissions questions or to schedule an assessment with a specialized eating disorder therapist.
For media inquiries, please contact Melissa Moss at 323-255-0400 x121.

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