Last visit was: It is currently Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:56 am


All times are UTC - 4 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Attention Americans!
PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 7:20 pm 
power lies within

Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:02 am
Posts: 6421
we need YOUR help with the FREED Act so that people get the treatment they need and we can train physicians and school personnel to recognize eating disorders and body image issues. YOU can help by a) taking part in our letter writing campaign b) asking at least 5 of your friends (esp. those with kids) to do the same.

http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org ... ign2010.ht


Summary of the FREED Act (H.R. 1193)
The EDC worked with Members of Congress to conceptualize and draft the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (the FREED Act), which is a comprehensive bill on eating disorders addressing research, treatment, education and prevention. The bill addresses the following:
Research Initiatives


• Know the numbers through a national data base and other initiatives. Determine the prevalence, incidence, and correlates of all eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified).

• Know the death rates. Determine the morbidity and mortality rates associated with all eating disorders and provide a public report of this data annually.

• Know the costs or “economic burden” of eating disorders. Undertake the necessary investigations to conduct an economic analysis of the costs of eating disorders in the United States, including years of productive life lost, missed days of work, reduced work productivity, costs of medical/psychiatric treatment, prescriptions medications, hospitalizations, costs of medical and psychiatric comorbidities, (cost to family, cost to society) etc.

• Establish Centers of Excellence. Develop an integrated system of Centers of Excellence for eating disorders, which will provide training opportunities for research, fund research programs, and coordinate the development of a research infrastructure nationwide.
Access to Adequate and Appropriate Treatment

• All Americans with eating disorders deserve access to care. Any insurer that provides health coverage for physical illness must provide coverage for eating disorders.

• Care according to universally accepted criteria. Insurers are to follow standards of care as written in the Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.

 The treatment setting must be appropriate to the patient’s needs and clinical presentation. Decisions regarding the treatment setting must include individual variables such as age, sex, ability to manage severity or co-morbidity, family involvement, and staff expertise and training.

 Eating Disorders are complex conditions and require comprehensive treatment approaches. All treatment modalities should be covered, including but not limited to family, individual and group therapies, nutrition counseling, psychopharmacology, body Image therapy, and medical treatment.
Education & Prevention Initiatives

• Study mandatory BMI reporting in school. Determine the outcome of measuring BMI in schools and reporting the results to parents (including measuring eating disorders symptoms, and incidence of teasing or bullying based on body size).

• Grant Program of the Education and Training for all Health Professionals. Train health professionals, to identify, prevent, appropriately treat and address the complications of eating disorders (using a team approach).

• Grant Program for the Education and Training for School/Higher Education Professionals. Train education professionals in evidence-based education programs about eating disorders, education professionals include teachers, professors, school nurses, school aides, community liaisons, cooks, dieticians, social workers, counselors, coaches, athletic departments, and other.

• Educating the public through Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Use PSAs to educate the public on types and the seriousness of (prevalence, comorbidities, health consequences –both physical and mental) eating disorders, how to obtain help, discrimination and bullying based on mental illness, body size, and the effects of media on self esteem and body image.

• Bring eating disorders into already existing obesity initiatives. Federally funded campaigns to fight obesity should also address eating disorders. Federal studies should include eating disorder related questions.

To cosponsor FREED, contact Laurel Havas in Congressman Kennedy's office

EDC 720 7th Street NW Suite 300  Washington DC 20001 202-543-9570 eatingdisorderscoalition.org

_________________
Recoveryboat.com

A recovery focused peer support eating disorder forum


Top
Offline Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 11:28 am 
orange goddess
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:50 pm
Posts: 1697
Location: wonderland with all the animals and flowers
I posted something about it on one of my blogs.. Hopefully people will see it and write letters of support. Thanks for the reminder this is an important thing to support.

_________________
Recovery is about progress not perfection
I'm thankful for a heart that beats air in my lungs to breathe legs to walk love in my heart
1 2 3 my ED is after me 4 5 6, My ED is playing tricks on me 7 8 9 I've made a good decision my ED has been defeated..


Top
Offline Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 9:36 pm 
orange you prolific
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:46 pm
Posts: 3851
Location: PA, USA
Excellent, Christen. I'm all about it! :)

_________________
Much love,
Arielle :)
http://tearstowords.blogspot.com [recovery]
http://youtube.com/arielleleebair [recovery videos]
http://twitter.com/arielleleebair


Top
Offline Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ]  Moderator: post-mods

All times are UTC - 4 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Theme created StylerBB.net & kodeki