May 03, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Marissa L. Sappho gave the featured presentation at Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan at Mount Saint Mary College on Wednesday, April 25.
Mount Saint Mary College hosted the Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan conference on Wednesday, April 25.
The free, public event was sponsored by the Mount’s Center for Adolescent Research and Development and the Center on Aging and Disability Policy.
The keynote speaker was Marissa L. Sappho, LCSW, BCD, CEDS. Sappho is the founder and director of Clinical Services at Aurora Behavior Health Eating Disorder Treatment Center, a comprehensive yoga-based eating disorder treatment center in New York City. It is the first such center in the area specializing in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder.
In addition to her work at Aurora Behavior Health Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Sappho is an adjunct professor at New York University in the graduate school of social work, as well as being faculty and supervisor at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB), where she serves on the Advisory Board and the Executive Committee.
According to Sappho, most eating disorders develop during adolescence, but disorders can occur during all phases of life. In addition, a family history of eating disorders can increase one’s risk of developing one.
Involvement in competitive sports, both for men and women, can also increase one’s risk of developing an eating disorder, she said.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, said Sappho: “We often think about eating disorders affecting mostly women, and that’s not true,” she noted. “We also talk about eating disorders affecting mostly middle class white women, and that’s also not true.”
In addition to a panel discussion, Mount students also presented their research on the topic of eating disorders across all age groups.