The BYU-Idaho Counseling Center will be sponsoring a conference dedicated to the prevention and recovery of eating disorders, Thursday and Friday.
The conference includes a series of six presentations that will be held in the Gordon B. Hinckley Building chapel, room 240, according to the Eating Disorder Recovery & Prevention Conference Facebook page.
The first three presentations will be given Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. The final three will be given Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Each presentation will last an hour, with a 15-minute break before the next presentation.
Presentations will be given by local counselors at the BYU-I Counseling Center, Drs. Randy Hardman and Dan Barnes, and by guest speakers who are associated with Center for Change, an eating disorder treatment center in Orem, Utah.
These guest speakers include Melissa Taylor and Drs. Michael E. Berrett and Paul Harper, according to the Eating Disorder Recovery & Prevention Conference Facebook page.
Hardman said the conference will cover topics such as developing a healthy body image, living with the pressures to be thin that come from the media, and steps to prevent and recover from an eating disorder.
“I think there are going to be principles and coping strategies and ideas that’ll apply to anybody,” Hardman said.
He said a person who has developed an eating disorder generally will wait until his or her condition or emotional state gets worse before seeking help, which makes the recovery process more difficult.
Hardman said he hopes the conference helps students understand their true worth as people and inspire them to take the necessary steps for prevention and recovery.