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NEDA presentation will focus on males and eating disorders

October 8, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Theodore E. Weltzin, MD, FAED, FAPA, the medical director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, will address the issue of males and eating disorders in a general session of the 2013 National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) conference on October 12 in Washington, D.C. The NEDA conference brings industry professionals, researchers, educators, people in recovery and families together to connect and learn the latest news on eating disorders, research and treatment.

Dr. Weltzin and Tim Freson, M.S., a counselor in Health and Wellness Services at Washington State University, will co-present “Be a Man? Gender Role Conformity, Sociocultural Pressures and Challenges in Eating Disorder Detection, Treatment and Recovery Among Males.” The session will discuss the unique barriers males often experience to accessing help and explore cultural risk factors impacting men. In addition, potential opportunities for increased detection and intervention will be addressed.

“I welcome the chance to talk about this timely subject,” Dr. Weltzin said. “Males with eating disorders are poorly understood and may not seek the treatment they need as a result. Presentations at conferences like NEDA’s are a great opportunity to improve public awareness and increase access to care.”