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"Introduction to Eating Disorders" with Elizabeth Pavka, PhD, RD, LD/N


February 27-March 2, 2012 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW). An estimated 8 million people have some type of eating disorder. Of those 90% are women & 10% are men. This presentation explores 5 types of eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, Female Athlete Triad Syndrome, and orthorexia. Then we'll look at some basic ways to identify a person experiencing an eating disorder. Recovery requires a team that includes a therapist, physician, nutritionist, psychiatrist, and family members. Finally we'll browse through some books and websites which provide lots of information on this significant and increasing health issue. For more than 30 years Elizabeth Pavka, PhD, RD, LD/N, has counseled and taught in the area of food, nutrition, supplements, and health. She's provided nutritional & health counseling to thousands of individuals & families. She has taught in the undergraduate health & wellness program at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, and currently teaches at the Center for Creative Retirement there a 4-part class titled "Nutrition for the Second 50 Years of Life." In addition she's taught at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, as well as various acupuncture and massage schools. She has consulted with doctor's offices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, the county Women-Infant-Children's (WIC) program, and Office for the Aging program, as well as worked in 2 hospitals. Currently she counsels, speaks to various audiences, writes for local and national publications, and serves on the Hawthorn University faculty in the MHNE & D-MHNE programs. Her initial exposure to eating disorders in 1988 involved working as a nutritionist in a hospital with a residential, in-patient program for women with eating disorders. Since then she has counseled with clients of all ages who wanted to walk the path to better health in relationship to their food. For the past 7 years she has volunteered with THE Center, a non-profit organization of professionals, parents, & women in recovery who are dedicated to helping others. She has spoken about eating disorders to students, parents, and professional organizations. In addition to writing articles on this topic, she has created an undergraduate program on all aspects of eating disorders.