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March 29, 1999
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Treating Anorexia Nervosa: Cultural and Gender Perspectives

After working exclusively with a psychiatric treatment program for 14 months, Helen C. Gremillion, the Peg Zeglin Brand chair for gender studies at Indiana University -Bloomington, has found that therapies for anorexia nervosa often unintentionally recreate the cultural conditions of the problem.

In speaking about her research, Gremillion discuss Treating Anorexia Nervosa: Cultural and Gender Perspectives at Indiana University Northwest on Friday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, 134 West 35th St. She will take a look at the role our culture plays in creating the problems of young women who struggle with eating disorders, as well as how culture shapes their treatment by physicians and psychologists.

Gremillion, who was appointed chair last summer, came from Stanford University where she received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology in 1996 for her dissertation - In Fitness and in Health: Crafting Bodies, Selves and Families in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. Prior to coming to Bloomington, Gremillion held an appointment at Stanford as lecturer in Cultures, Ideas and Values for two years.

Sponsored by the student members and advisors of the IU Northwest Anthropology Club, Sociology Club and the Women's Student Association the program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the IU Northwest Anthropology Department at 219- 980-6607.

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