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For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
mobile: (801) 755-3085
Governor declares eating disorders awareness week
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared Feb.
22-28, 2015 eating disorders awareness week to educate Utah residents about
eating disorders and increase understanding of the serious mental and
“Eating disorders are a serious public health concern and should not be
ignored,” said Gov. Herbert. “Many of our citizens suffer from these
complex mental health conditions. I hope we will all use this opportunity
to increase our knowledge of the harmful effects of eating disorders, as
well as how to prevent them.”
More than 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer
from eating disorders at some time in their lives, with countless
additional people who live with these conditions not being reported.
Eating disorders are complex and devastating mental health conditions,
characterized by abnormal eating behaviors, which can cause serious
consequences for health, productivity and relationships.
Gov. Herbert encourages Utah health organizations and health care
professionals to educate Utah residents about eating disorders, so people
may recognize symptoms, and seek treatment and support to cultivate healthy
eating habits and save lives.
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