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Model for Federal Advocacy

Article by: Jeanine Cogan, Ph D, Debra L. Franko,Ph D and David B. Herzog, MD

Summary:Advocacy efforts aimed at influencing federal policy are needed to strengthen accessible resources for anorexia nervosa  (AN) and to improve treatment and prevention.  Federal advocacy in the United States is spearheaded by the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action (EDC) whose mission is to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.

Questions and Answers on Advocacy

Edited by: Russell D. Marx

Article by:  Jeanine Cogan, Ph D, David B. Herzog, MD

Summary: This article answers the following key questions about advocacy:

Why is it important to address eating disorders through federal advocacy?

What is an optimal avenue for promoting federal policy?

What is the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action?

What has the EDC Accomplished?

What are the obstacles to advocacy?

The Risks of a Quick Fix: A Case Against Mandatory Body Mass Index Reporting Laws

Article by: Jeanine Cogan, Ph D, Joslyn P. Smith, Margo D. Maine

Summary: As the United States addresses obesity, a number of state legislatures are considering laws that require schools to track and report students’ body mass index (BMI), a measurement of body weight (weight/height2). This article describes the state level activity on mandatory BMI reporting, offers numerous arguments against this practice, and suggests an alternative approach to promoting health in youth. Mandatory BMI reporting laws place a new and inappropriate responsibility on the schools. Proponents of such laws imply that BMI reporting will have positive outcomes, yet there is virtually no independent research to support this assumption. The authors argue that these laws could do significant harm, including an increased risk for children to develop eating disorder symptoms.

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