In the past few decades, the attention paid to body image in American culture has seemed to reach ubiquitous levels, arguably predisposing individuals to fixations on weight and cosmetic appeal which can contribute to eating disorder related behavior. Diet ads and weight loss promotions are incessantly splashed across magazine covers and television screens. Although eating disorders have been found to be most prevalent in college ages, individuals are being put on diets at younger and younger ages; some developing body image issues at as young as 6 years old.
In a media release, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt was pleased to announce that international spokeswoman for body image acceptance, Susie Orbach, was slated to present two talks at the Center on October 2nd, one of those being a free event for the community. The presentation will aim to dismantle stereotypes and empower individuals and society to mend their body images and the body images of the culture surrounding them.
Who is Susie Orbach?
Born in London in 1946 and co-founding London’s Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 as well as The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in New York in 1981, Orbach currently lectures throughout Europe and North America, and maintains her own private practice counseling individuals and couples. She has authored several inspirational books including Bodies, On Eating, The Impossibility of Sex, Towards Emotional Literacy, and Fat Is a Feminist Issue. She frequently contributes to several publications and routinely makes appearances on television programs like The Today Show.Orbach is also convener of Anybody an organization campaigning for body diversity, with whom she organized the Endangered Species International Summits which aim to challenge the pernicious culture that teaches women and girls to hate their own bodies.
- Sunday, October 2, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Keynote with audience Q/A
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Reception & Book Signing
- The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 North Charles Street Towson, MD
- This is an open and free event; all community members are encouraged to attend.
- Attendance at this event is FREE but Pre-Registration is required. Please call (410) 938-3157 or email [email protected] to reserve your seats today.
Other Susan Orbach Events
During the morning of October 2nd Susan Orbach will be presenting The Body in Therapy: An In Depth Look at Countertransference and the False Body which is a professional education event open to treatment providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, professional counselors and social workers. A registration fee of $75 must be received before October 1stand includes entrance to event, personal copy of Susie Orbach’s book, Bodies, continental breakfast, refreshments and 2.0 CME/CEUs. Click here to register and here for information on other upcoming events at Sheppard Pratt.
About the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, located in Towson, Md., offers a comprehensive continuum of treatment services for the patient with complex eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive overeating. The continuum includes inpatient, day hospital and intensive outpatient services, as well as ongoing outpatient treatment provided by the Center for Eating Disorders. The program is designed to respond to both the psychiatric and medical aspects of eating disorders, with a comprehensive array of mental health and consultative medical resources. For more information about the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, visit www.eatingdisorder.org or www.eatingdisorder.org/blog.