Overcoming Eating Disorders
After eating a dinner consisting of a small salad and water, a 13-year-old girl goes to her room for her nightly routine of 300 crunches. Over the past few months, she has lost more than 15 pounds. She is now a size two. But as she looks into the mirror, standing side-ways to examine her profile, the only thought that comes to her mind is, “Your stomach sticks out. You’re disgustingly fat.”
Supporting an Advanced and Compassionate Approach
Millions of young people across the country suffer from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Far too often, these diseases become life-threatening.
Fortunately, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital has become a beacon of hope for these young people and their families. More than 80 percent of our patients attain a healthy eating pattern and body weight and go on to live healthy, productive lives.
Even so, there is much more to be done. Your gift can help us better understand the roots of eating disorders, train the health care experts of tomorrow, treat patients and their families, and develop more effective methods of prevention and treatment.
How Your Gift Can Help
Your gift to Golisano Children’s Hospital can help provide the most effective care to young people with eating disorders. It will also help us perform the research that leads to even better diagnoses, prevention, and treatment.
More Experts in Eating Disorders
The number of children and teenagers with eating disorders is growing. As a result, we need more health care professionals with an expertise in this realm. Your gift can help us hire more people with advanced expertise in eating disorders.
Web-based education modules provide a way to reach patients, parents, and professionals throughout the community and across the country. Your gift can help build these Web-based tools, one of the most powerful ways to support young people in the treatment and recovery process.
Developing better ways to support families, schools, coaches, and other adults who care about young people is critical in the treatment of eating disorders. New community outreach programs will provide a place where parents and other adults can connect with each other, receive support, and have their questions answered.
Pediatric Eating Disorders Training Program
Training the next generation of health care professionals is vital. This program will provide advanced training in early recognition, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders, ensuring that our community and country have the resources to face this growing problem.
Research Program in Pediatric Eating Disorders
There is still so much to know about eating disorders. Through the development of the Research Program in Pediatric Eating Disorders, we will be able to lead the way toward tomorrow’s breakthroughs in treatment and prevention.
For more information regarding how you can support these important programs, please contact:
Golisano Children's Hospital
University of Rochester Advancement
Phone: (585) 273-5948