February 25 Forum Highlights Hidden Problem of Eating Disorders

Event features best-selling author Brian Cuban and other experts discussing this growing public health problem, which will affect 20 million women and 10 million men in their lifetime

Media Contact: Kathy Fackelmann, 202-994-8354, kfackelmann@gwu.edu

WASHINGTON, DC (February 18, 2015)—Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW) will hold a public forum on February 25, 2015 that will address the impact of eating disorders. The event, to be held during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, will feature a keynote talk by best-selling author Brian Cuban, who will talk about his own battle with an eating disorder and addiction, which is also the subject of his book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder.”

Although women are more likely to be affected, an estimated ten million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life. Eating disorders have been called a “silent epidemic” because they are often hidden from view. Join us on February 25 for a candid exploration of disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction, which are health and mental health issues that affect many college-age men and women.

After the keynote talk there will be a Q and A with Mr. Cuban followed by a panel discussion including experts on eating disorders, campus resources, as well as GW students who will talk about their own personal experience and recovery journey. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Napolitano, PhD, an associate professor in prevention and community health at Milken Institute SPH who is also a psychologist with an expertise in the development of healthy eating habits.

In addition to the event on February 25, GW will host a week-long series of events to raise awareness of eating disorders. View the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week agenda for a complete list of events being held on the GW campus.

An Evening with Brian Cuban

February 25, 2015; 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Milken Institute School of Public Health
B100 Auditorium
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW                  
Washington, DC

The event is free but media should contact Kathy Fackelmann at 202-994-8354 or kfackelmann@gwu.edu.


About Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University: Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, nearly 1,534 students from almost every U.S. state and more than 45 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW, which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.