(photo) Niantic MD, Sen. Formica Raising Awareness of Eating Disorders

March 14, 2016
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Raising Awareness of Eating Disorders at State Capitol

Dr. John Teeter of Niantic (left) and Sen. Paul Formica (right) on Mar. 14 testified before the state legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee in support of a proposal to declare every fourth week in February to be Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Dr. Teeter and Sen. Formica said the goal of Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. In American high schools, 30% of girls and 16% of boys suffer from disordered eating, including bingeing, laxative and diet pill use and compulsive exercise.

Dr. Teeter and Sen. Formica noted that increased awareness and early intervention can improve outcomes. They urged state legislators to support this initiative to raise awareness about eating disorders in order to help those who are suffering to get well.

Sen. Formica represents Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. He can be reached at 800 842-1421 or at Paul.Formica@cga.ct.gov . On the web: www.senatorformica.com .