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Interview Opportunity Kitty Westin National Spokesperson on Eating Disorders

Kitty Westin, a nationally-recognized spokesperson on eating disorders, is coming to Fargo to speak to professionals, families and college students. The event is hosted by the Eating Disorders Institute (EDI).

Kitty Westin, a nationally-recognized spokesperson on eating disorders, is coming to Fargo to speak to professionals, families and college students. The event is hosted by the Eating Disorders Institute (EDI).

Westin, whose daughter Anna died at age 21 as a direct result of anorexia in 2000, has spent the last eight years offering support and guidance to people with eating disorders and advocating for an end to discrimination against people with eating disorders. Westin is very active in national advocacy with the Eating Disorder Council and she travels to Washington D.C. frequently to fight for Mental Health Parity and to educate Congress about eating disorders.

Westin is from Chaska, Minn., and has been influential in developing the only eating disorder residential treatment center in our region, located in the Twin Cities.

Locally, the EDI offers a full-range of clinical services for adults and adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and related forms of disordered eating. This includes in-patient care at MeritCare South Univeristy, partial hospital and out-patient care. The EDI is a unique partnership between MeritCare, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science and the Neuropyschiatric Research Institute.