Doctors and clinicians at the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program will share their knowledge, therapies, research and nutritional expertise in a six-forum series starting Oct. 6 at the Lindner Center of Hope in Mason.
The series is designed to facilitate successful diagnosis and outcomes for people with disorders such as binge eating, bulimia and anorexia nervosa. It offers the opportunity for primary care physicians, mental health specialists, school counselors, coaches and family members to learn about the emotional and health consequences affecting 11 million individuals.
While women are more commonly associated with eating disorders, the illness isn’t just affecting women and young adolescents. More than a million adult and young adolescent males battle the illness every day.
Athletes who participate in competitive sports such as wrestling, football or crew are constantly reminded of their sports’ focus on size and body shape.
“High school and college football players are reminded constantly to eat, eat, eat, get bigger, increase muscle mass,” said Scott Bullock, an eating disorders therapist for 20 years and the intake coordinator at Lindner Center of Hope. “It’s a difficult pattern to change once you quit or retire from the sport,” Bullock said.
Compared with other mental illnesses, eating disorders represent the highest rate of mortality. Identifying and treating disorders can be challenging.
Nevertheless, said Bullock, “A coordinated approach to care can return patients, and their loved ones, to more fulfilling lives.”
Bullock will lead the first forum, “Food and the Family: First Line Evidence-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.” The free forum will be held 6:30-7:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lindner Center of Hope, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason.
Subsequent seminars will take place Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 1.
Lindner Center of Hope provides patient-centered, scientifically advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. The center, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, provides psychiatric hospitalization, outpatient services, research and adult residential services.