Eating Disorders Meeting in Platania: Purple Seat Opening
Platania – “Eating Disorders: Let’s Talk About It!” This is the meeting that took place in the Town Hall of Platania and was followed by the inauguration of a purple seat, the color code for the fight against eating disorders (Dca). A moment of powerful awareness and awareness of what DCAs – anorexia, bulimia, and bulimia – and what important public health warning they carry with them. A workbench made up of many professionals who have assessed DCA’s state of the art, experiences and certifications, providing the tools to understand the first signs of the disease so they can act before it becomes chronic with the consequences of an increasingly difficult recovery journey or even endangering the lives of those affected.
to supervise the meeting Antonia Butera Journalist Lamitino who spoke, in his introduction, about the need for awareness and to what extent, especially after the onset of Covid, DCAs not only increased in the population, but also lowered the age of onset, covering the range from 8 to 12 years dangerously the consequences for pre-adolescent development. Emphasis is that eating disorders are only the tip of the iceberg of deeper distress to the individual, which is why a multidisciplinary team is necessary to take charge of the patient until recovery. The doctor also brings his regards Rosina Manfredi The Director of the Mental Health Center Lamezia Terme and the Director of the Mental Health Department of Catanzaro are absent for health reasons, however they wanted to make his contribution by reporting news and future projects in Calabria.
The doctor intervenes Donatella Scalesa continuity of care physician, who made her contribution as a professional and as a mother to a 17-year-old with anorexia nervosa, in a poignant and raw testimony that recaptures the moments of falling into the abyss of illness and the strength with which we climbed toward a new life by unleashing a powerful message of hope.
The doctor was present at the workbench Teresa Laguna, social worker and freelance worker in the juvenile center of Catanzaro and in the social welfare area of the municipality of Lamezia Terme. In recent years, the social worker figure has become an integral part of the patient’s care team, specifically to facilitate dialogue with the patient and help him become aware of the disease and then seek help. Dr. Laguna then focused on the possibility of using mutual aid groups which form the cornerstone of the psychological, medical and social methodology known as the “Hudolin method”.
The topic was also discussed by two doctors from the Adac Association of Cosenza, a non-profit association dealing with the prevention, treatment and study of eating disorders. Deborah Visa And Armida Encorvia Respectively, a psychologist and a biological nutritionist for many years, they have been volunteers at Adac where they deal with information and prevention by following patients in an outpatient setting with scheduled visits. They both also work at the Biolife Medical Center in Cosenza, treating DCA patients at the daycare center there.
In her report, Dr. Visa focused on the different classifications of DCAs and what their implications are for those who suffer from them, focusing on the first signs of the disease and how to recognize them. On the other hand, Dr. Encorvia spoke about the relationship between food and DCA patients and the role of a dietitian in the patient care team. Then focus on the importance of asking for help and talk about ADAC’s work in the area. The meeting concluded with a speech by the lawyer of the Mayor of Platania David Esposito: “I believe that the municipality and the institution should not only provide basic services but also provide information service and provide tools – as in this case – to understand the first signs of a problem as important as this behavioral disorder food”.
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