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Eating disorders can prove fatal

by Laura L. Calderone
Jun 6, 2014


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Christa Eastburn was a resident at Timberline Knolls Treatment Center in Lemont, Ill. She has been fully healthy for almost a year after leaving treatment for her eating disorder. 


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Niquie Dworkin, a therapist at Lakeview Center, discusses misconceptions surrounding disordered eating in men.

Almost 30 million - or roughly one in 10 Americans - suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Although the numbers of those afflicted with eating disorders are staggering, misconceptions remain about symptoms, those who develop eating disorders and what the disorders look like.


On this edition of Medill Newsmakers, host Elle Calderone speaks with Lynn Grefe, President and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, an organization dedicated to help educate, advocate and raise awareness about eating disorders. Experts and therapists provide insights to help understand the signs, symptoms and types of eating disorders. Calderone also introduces us to Christa Eastburn, a woman who entered in-patient treatment and survived her eating disorder.