A Lemont women's group will partner with Timberline Knolls for an educational event March 1 in observance of National Eating Disorders Week.
In an effort to raise conciousness about the seriousness of eating diroders, the newly-formed Ladies of Lemont will host a screening of the film ED 101: The Facts about Eating Disorders at 4:30 p.m. at the Lemont Township Community Center, 16300 Alba St.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 26-March 3) was developed by the National Eating Disorders Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. This year's theme is "Everybody Knows Somebody."
ED 101 features interviews with nationally recognized experts—including Timberline Knolls' medical director, Dr. Kim Dennis—and a number of families affected by eating disorders.
Guy Oberwise, a primary therapist and mood disorders therapist at Timberline Knolls, will lead a discussion following the film.
"We invite all members of our community and the surrounding areas to learn more about eating disorders and hear personal stories of help, hope and recovery," said James Gresham, chairman and CEO of Timberline Knolls. "This film and event will shed light on how shattering these disorders can be for those struggling and their families. With appropriate treatment and resources, life-long recovery is possible."
The event is free and open to the public. The film, however, is geared toward parents, students, middle and high school teachers and counselors.
"Co-hosting this event with a wonderful center like Timberline Knolls is a way that we can share very important information with people in our community," said Kathy Henrikson, founder of LOL. "After seeing the film myself, I felt very moved. Our group is excited to help bring this to others so they too will be better informed about the growing problem of eating disorders."
Ladies of Lemont was founded late last year by Lemont Township Kathy Henrikson. The group's purpose is to give Lemont women an opportunity to socialize, learn and improve their daily lives.
"Co-hosting this event with a wonderful center like Timberline Knolls is a way that we can share very important information with people in our community," Henrikson said. "After seeing the film myself, I felt very moved. Our group is excited to help bring this to others so they too will be better informed about the growing problem of eating disorders."
For more information about the event, contact Kathy Henrikson at email@example.com
Timberline Knolls is a 43-acre facility located in Lemont. It was founded in 2005 by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians as an in-patient treatment center for women dealing with trauma, eating disorders and drug addiction.
"Our residents — adult women and adolescent girls — come to us when they need immediate, life-saving and life-changing help," according to the center's website. "Our vision is to help residents achieve lifelong recovery by bringing together clinical treatment with spiritual and emotional growth."
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders "include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues."
There are four types of eating disorders:
- Anorexia nervosa: characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss;
- Bulimia nervosa: characterized by a cycle of binging and compensatory behaviors, such as vomiting;
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED): characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the behavior;
- Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS): eating disorders that include a combination of signs and symptoms, but do not meeet the full criteria for anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.