Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host a panel discussion titled “Eating Disorders:  What You Do Not Know May Actually Hurt You” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Ontario Room of the University Center. 

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The panel members will be Mohey Mowafy, a professor in the health, physical education and recreation department; Mary Pelton-Cooper, an associate professor in the psychology department and Cheryl Rule, a registered dietician. 

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Topics of discussion will include types of eating disorders, treatment options, signs that suggest the onset of an eating disorder and ways to approach someone who exhibits those signs. 

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “WeÂ’re having this event because eating disorders seem to be on the rise, and they are diseases of serious consequence” said Mowafy.  “An estimated two to four percent of college age females are afflicted with anorexia nervosa, and those with bulimia nervosa could reach as high as 20 percent.  Close to 50 percent of adult females have also been found to have patterns of ‘disordered eatingÂ’ or a ‘dysfunctional relationship with food.’”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  This free event is open to the public.  For more information, contact Mowafy at 227-2366.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz