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eating disorders

A number of elite athletes have come forward in recent months to share their struggles with eating disorders. They say the pressure to win and maintain a specific body weight and shape put them on a dangerous path.

We talk about the symptoms of eating disorders in athletes, and the most effective ways to recognize and treat them. Our guests:

  • Dr. Katie Rizzone, M.D., sports medicine physician at URMC
  • Gina Giannetti, sports dietitian for URMC Sports Medicine
  • Ali Wilkosz, clinical director of The Healing Connection
  • Amy O’Sullivan, former college soccer player, and advocate for eating disorder awareness

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, but only one in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Many people, especially men, suffer in silence.

We discuss the stigma attached to eating disorders, while exploring what makes for effective treatment. We also hear from eating disorder awareness advocates who will share their journeys to recovery. Our guests:

  • Mary Tantillo, professor clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, director of WNYCCCED, and founder of The Healing Connection
  • Michelle Morales, parent peer mentor for WNYCCCED
  • Robin Giuliano, advocate for eating disorder awareness and owner of SnowBridge Books
  • Genevieve Morrow, advocate for eating disorder awareness

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is recruiting adults between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa for a new study. We talk about what we already know, and what researchers want to find out. In studio:

  • Mary Tantillo, professor clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, director of WNYCCCED, and founder of The Healing Connection
  • Michelle Morales, parent peer mentor for WNYCCCED
  • Alyssa Morales, advocate for eating disorder awareness