by Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano this weekend welcomed attendees to a free, day-long conference on Eating Disorders and their treatment, at the Hofstra University Student Center Theatre Auditorium.
Local and national speakers educated those that gathered on disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, body dysmorphia and related conditions. Presenters also discussed the biological, medical, psychological and environmental factors that play a role in the onset and treatment of these life-threatening conditions. And, finally, patients in recovery shared their experiences and offered hope and guidance through their personal stories.
There are over 42,000 cases of eating disorders on Long Island, studies show.
“These disorders affect the lives of so many who live here including the many brilliant, creative and compassionate minds of our youth and it affects all ages and genders,” Mangano said. “It also limits the enjoyment of all that Long Island has to offer.”