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Irish National Eating Disorders Conference 2016

Stanford research expert to discuss latest digital technologies in prevention and treatment of eating disorders

Irish National Eating Disorders Conference: February 27th, 2016

Conference director Gerard Butcher, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, said: “Researcher and clinician Professor Megan Jones, Stanford University, California, will discuss the role of online interventions and their effectiveness for preventing the development of eating disorders amongst high risk groups. In addition, Prof. Jones will describe the Healthy Body Image programme, a comprehensive eating disorders screening, culture-change, and multi-level prevention and treatment programme for college students. Efforts to integrate digital and preventative mechanisms into EU healthcare systems will also be outlined.”

Butcher added: “Professor Donal O’ Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, will explore the need to improve understanding of the immune system regulation of body weight – and in particular, the body’s defence against weight loss, an issue of huge importance in treating obesity. Prof. O’ Shea will highlight the vital role health professionals have to play in the prevention of obesity.”

Butcher said: “Other speakers, clinicians and researchers from across Ireland will outline their research into the causes of eating disorders and obesity, and the efforts which are taking place to develop adequate treatment services for an ‘at-risk’ population”.

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Notes for Editors

•    Irish National Eating Disorders Conference: February 27th, 2016
•    9am-4:30pm, St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8
•    In conjunction with Bodywhys: The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland

•    The Department of Health and Children estimates that 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders
•    Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders
•    Bodywhys Helpline Number: LoCall 1890 200 444
•    Support and a listening ear can be accessed via

For further information, please contact:
Gerard Butcher
01- 8726930
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Member of the steering committee of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED)