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Al Franken: Let's Eliminate Eating Disorders

Senator proposes the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act.

This is a big eating-disorders news day.

Two major celebrities have announced plans for major projects involving eating disorders -- and one of those celebrities is Oprah Winfrey.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey's cable network, OWN, will screen a series titled Inside Rehab, set within an eating-disorders treatment facility:

"The eight-episode series will document a group of patients as they undergo a 42-day recovery program. The announcement comes a day after E! announced an eating-disorder miniseries, What's Eating You?, that will air this fall and tackle common as well as bizarre eating problems."

Meanwhile, Minnesota Senator Al Franken, along with co-sponsors Sen. Amy Klobuchar (also of Minnesota), and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, have introduced the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act.

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Said to be the first of its kind, the bill would require the federal government to expand research into prevention and treatment of eating disorders; improve the training and education of health care providers and educators on eating disorders; improve national monitoring and data collection on the prevalence of eating disorders; take steps to prevent eating disorders by developing evidence-based prevention programs; and provide additional avenues for effective and affordable treatment of eating disorders.

Should this be a federal issue? Could it work? Having spent several years in the grips of one of these disorders, I'm thinking "evidence-based prevention programs" sound like a good idea, because once you start ... it's darn hard to stop. If someone, anyone, had just been able to talk me out of it before I began....


Anneli Rufus is the author of many books, including Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On.


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