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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.