Target: Joe Pitts, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
Goal: Prevent dangerous eating disorders in children and teenagers.
Eating disorders are dangerous psychological diseases, as is evidenced by the fact that they have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. A report published by The American Academy of Pediatrics found that hospitalizations for children 12 and under as a result of an eating disorder increased by 119% between 1999 and 2006. With these dangerous diseases on the rise, it’s time that we start implementing programs to help with early detection so that we can begin getting patients the treatment they need as early as possible.
The suggested Educating to Support Eating Disorders Act would establish a three-year pilot program to administer eating disorder screenings in middle schools, as well as offering seminars to teachers and parents about eating disorders. This program would be highly beneficial as it would help teachers and parents to identify students struggling with early signs of eating disorders so that they can get them the appropriate help and treatment they need in order to offer them the best chance at a full recovery.
With eating disorders on the rise in our country, causing serious mental and physical health problems for millions of Americans, it is essential that we begin implementing change that will allow for increased early detection. Please sign the below petition to show your support for the passage of the Educating to Support Eating Disorders Act of 2015.
Dear Chairman Pitts,
Eating disorders are dangerous psychological disorders that have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder in the United States. Unfortunately, these disorders are on the rise and are increasingly cropping up at young ages, with a 119% increase in hospitalizations of children 12 and under between 1999 and 2006. According to professionals, recovery from an eating disorder is much more likely when patients get treatment and help as early in the disease as possible. As a result, increased early detection and treatment is essential if we want to begin to see an increase in recovery rates.
The Educating to Support Eating Disorders Act has been referred to your subcommittee, and it is recommending that we begin taking measures within schools to start screening for eating disorders, as well as educating teachers and parents about the warning signs and dangers of these disorders. It is imperative that this legislation be approved so that we can begin to combat the rise of eating disorders by getting patients the appropriate help and treatment they need as early as possible in order to offer them the best chance at a full recovery.
With eating disorders causing serious mental and physical health problems for millions of Americans, it is time that we take action to start catching these disorders as early as possible. Screening and educating in schools is an excellent first step in this fight against the rise of eating disorders in our nation, and so I urge you and your peers on your subcommittee to pass the Educating to Support Eating Disorders Act.
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