Eating Disorders

New approaches to treating eating disorders is just one topic to be discussed today at a conference. The deaths of two anorexic models in South America has led to discussions about eating disorders and the appearances of runway models. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker has more about what will be talked about this weekend.

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Society seems to be tackling the two sides of eating disorders, from obesity to anorexia. Licensed dietitian Caryn Honig owns the Healthy Weigh. She says there's a lot of information to sift through and it can be difficult. One measure of proper weight is the body mass index or BMI.

"When you put a number to anything there is always a risk of people going overboard and forcing themselves to fit a certain number. I think the BMI is a good tool to use as just one of the factors as to whether someone's normal weight, under weight, or over weight."

Honig believes that in addition to BMI, people have to take into account genetics, eating habits, body types and athleticism. Eating disorders are considered a mental illness. There are proposals before the state legislature to have treatment for eating disorders covered by health insurance. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

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