Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2015-02-20

Eating disorders will be the topic of a panel discussion at Samford University Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p .m. in Brock Forum, located in Dwight Beeson Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Specialists on the topic will discuss dangers of dieting, the media’s impact on body image and how to help a friend who is struggling with an eating disorder. A question and answer session will follow.

Panelists are Rich Yoakum, LPC, director of counseling services at Samford; and Anna Stanley, Suzanne Pirkle and Alice Churnock, founders of the Re*Vive program at Birmingham’s Covenant Counseling and Education Center.

The panel discussion and additional events on Ben Brown Plaza during the day on Tuesday are planned as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.