Nature vs. Nurture and Eating Disorders examined at Sheena's Place 8th Annual Awareness Breakfast

    Dr. Kelly Klump investigates the development of eating disorders: Genes
    or Environment?

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - A leading American expert today examined the
development of eating disorders and the effect of the environment vs.
genetics, at the 8th annual Sheena's Place Awareness Breakfast, presented by
    "Part of the challenge we face when trying to understand eating disorders
is identifying the factors that underlie risk for the conditions," said Dr.
Kelly Klump, PhD, guest speaker at this morning's breakfast. "However, we now
know that biology and genetic risk factors are as important for the
development of eating disorders as psychosocial and cultural risk factors.
Indeed, neither genes nor culture alone cause eating disorders, but together
they activate and increase the risk."
    Dr. Kelly Klump, Ph.D., FAED, is an Associate Professor in the Department
of Psychology at Michigan State University and the Immediate Past President of
the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Klump's research focuses on biological
risk factors for eating disorders.
    "At Sheena's Place, where we offer support for those with eating
disorders and their families, we see people from all walks of life affected by
this disease," said Anne Elliott, and we appreciate the ongoing research and
education that helps us offer the best possible programs for hope and
    The 8th Annual Sheena's Place Awareness Breakfast, presented by
Scotiabank, is a focal point for Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The
Breakfast will provide program support and development at Sheena's Place,
potentially improving people's attitudes about themselves and their bodies.
Last years' event raised $200,000 and was supported by 500 attendees.
    "As a leading employer, Scotiabank recognizes the importance of
supporting the efforts of community organizations like Sheena's Place," said
Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head, Global Human Resources and Communications for
Scotiabank. "Sheena's Place provides help and a safe place to heal for the
families affected by disordered eating."
    Sheena's Place is also hosting its 9th annual Open Forum for the general
public on Saturday, February 7th, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. This year's
Open Forum features Dr. Klump and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Gail
McVey, Director of the Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating
Disorders. The Forum will take place at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre in the
Rogers Building, 333 Bloor Street East (at Jarvis St.). To register please
call 416 927-8900, ext 22.
    Sheena's Place is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that
offers hope and support to individuals and families affected by eating
disorders and related issues. It currently provides over 50 support groups per
week. Founded in July 1994 following the tragic death of 22-year-old Sheena
Carpenter, Sheena's Place is the first centre of its kind in the world. It
offers programs and services free of charge and relies on the generous support
of individuals, foundations, corporations and special events for funding.

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and
donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of
healthcare, education and social services. Please visit us at

For further information:

For further information: Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-6203 or; Anne Elliott, Sheena's
Place, (416) 927-8900

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