Monday, June 20, 2011

What's in a Name?

Is anyone else tired of hearing about "Weinergate"? :-) If you aren't sure what I'm talking about... there has been a LOT in the news about Anthony Weiner, a New York congressman who just resigned, who is entangled in a situation involving some lewd photos. Let's just say... I think we've all heard enough. And more than we ever wanted to know. You might be wondering where I'm going with this, because this is not a political blog. Because there has been so much negativity and bad press surrounding Anthony W. this last week, I thought this would be a good time to highlight the positive contributions of someone who is making such a positive difference in the eating disorder field... Dr. Kenneth Weiner!

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Dr. Weiner is a leading psychiatrist who specializes in treating eating disorders and who co-founded the Eating Recovery Center (ERC) in Denver. He also just started blogging at the Huffington Post. I point this out because I love the Huffington Post, but more so because I really respect the work of Dr. Weiner. His first blog post can be found by following this link and is entitled "Eating Disorders and the One Thing You Need to Know About Them."

Dr. Weiner has over 25 years of experience in treating EDs, and founded ERC with Dr. Emmett Bishop in 2008. (Check out the site here.)You might remember a post a few months ago that I wrote after my trip to Denver (follow this link if you missed it), but my experience there was wonderful. The treating professionals are experts and leaders in the field, and are doing so much to educate and support individuals and families impacted by eating disorders. In his first post for the Huff Post, he drives home the point that eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness around. It's great that he is blogging on such a well read forum, as education and myth busting about eating disorders is needed-- it is so crucial that these facts are getting out there. To read more about his career, check out his bio on the ERC website here. And remember, especially on a Monday!!- that a little positivity can go a long way!!

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