FRANKFORT, KY (3/1/12) – The Kentucky State Senate has recognized that February 26 through March 3, 2012, as National Eating Disorders Week and honored the National Eating Disorders Association on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate.
“Eating disorders are a continually growing problem in Kentucky,” said Jerry P. Rhoads, D-Madisonville. “It is important to raise awareness about this issue so that our citizens will achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening health conditions that greatly affect an individual’s health and well-being. Organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Association seeks to provide aid to those afflicted with eating disorders and prevent the spread of eating disorders among citizens by raising awareness, according to Senate Resolution 151 that passed unanimously.
An estimated 10 million females and one million males struggle with anorexia and bulimia, with millions more fighting binge eating disorders. Many more cases go unreported due to the lack of awareness of the symptoms of the disorders. Studies show that approximately 13 percent of Kentucky girls in grades five through eight and 18 percent of Kentucky girls in grades nine through 12 suffer from some type of eating disorder.
“Our goal is to reduce these numbers and save lives,” said Senator Rhoads, a co-sponsor of SR 151.
Senator Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is the primary sponsor of SR 151.
The Kentucky State Senate commends the National Eating Disorders Association for raising awareness about eating disorders to all citizens, as well as health and mental health care providers for treating individuals afflicted with eating disorders.
Senator Rhoads currently represents the 6th senatorial district, which includes Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.
Information provided Rosalind Turner
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