Newtown’s state representative is sponsoring legislation that would require schools to provide parents with information about eating disorders.
Rep. Steve Santarsiero is the sponsor of a bill that has been introduced in the house that would ensure parents with children in grades five through senior year in high school would have ample information about various eating disorders.
“Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships,” Santarsiero said in a statement. “These serious conditions are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice, but instead are potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.
“People, especially children, who struggle with eating disorders, need to seek, or be provided with, professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery,” he added.
In the United States, 20 million women and one million men suffer from eating disorders at some point in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or a binge-eating disorder, according to information provided by Santarsiero’s office. In Pennsylvania, nearly 300,000 women and more than 130,000 men suffer from an eating disorder.