MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - This year marks the joint 25th
anniversary of the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) of the Douglas Mental
Health University Institute and Anorexia and bulimia Quebec (ANEB).
Together, they provide a range of complementary services that include
cutting-edge research and treatment on the one side and awareness,
prevention and support on the other. Today, these two institutions have
become a leading source of assistance for people across Quebec who
suffer from an eating disorder and for their loved ones thanks to a
unique and integrated network of care, teaching and research.
"The maxim of 'once an eating disorder always an eating disorder' is not
true," stated Howard Steiger, PhD, Director of the Eating Disorders
Program at the Douglas Institute. "With proper treatment, people
recover from eating disorders every day. However, so many people are
affected that a big part of our work is to help develop treatment
know-how throughout the province."
As Josée Champagne, SW, Executive Director of ANEB, explained: "We are
working very hard to change mentalities and make people understand that
anorexia and bulimia are serious illnesses, not just passing whims.
This is why the work we do to raise awareness and provide information
for families and loved ones is so important, as is the work we do in
schools and other partner organizations."
To recognize this 25th anniversary, a free public lecture will be held
on November 13 at the Douglas Institute.
*FREE* public lecture
"Promoting a positive body image in adolescents: Why and how?" given by
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, an internationally renowned eating
With local eating disorder specialists, including Howard Steiger, PhD,
and Josée Champagne, SW. (Bilingual event.)
Tuesday, November 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Douglas Hall, Douglas, Institute
People attending the lecture can sign the Quebec charter for a healthy
and diversified body image, adopted in 2009, of which the Douglas
Institute EDP and ANEB are partners.
Anorexia and bulimia Quebec is a non-profit organization that has served
the Quebec region for 25 years. Its mission is to provide immediate,
specialized and free assistance to people suffering from an eating
disorder and to their loved ones.
About the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) at the Douglas Institute
The EDP offers specialized clinical services for adults who suffer
from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It exists as a centre of
expertise, offering cutting-edge care, conducting clinical research to
inform future treatment and prevention efforts.
About the Douglas Institute - www.douglas.qc.ca
The Douglas is a world-class institute affiliated with McGill University
and the World Health Organization. It treats people suffering from
mental illness and offers them both hope and healing. Its teams of
specialists and researchers are constantly increasing scientific
knowledge, integrating this knowledge into patient care, and sharing it
with the community in order to educate the public and eliminate
prejudices surrounding mental health.
SOURCE: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
For further information:
Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: 514-761-6131, extension 2717