An eating disorders outreach facility. High school and university campuses are plagued with young women and men struggling with an eating disorder. Although we knew this before, most of these children's parents have no idea that their child has one and also have no way of paying for treatment. Treatment is costly and this untreated condition can lead to severe body deterioration (such as heart disease) and even death. Eating disorders are becoming more prominent and starting at earlier ages in today's youth. We must learn the signs of detection and makes more programs available to combat this growing illness.
I named this program after my sister, Jennifer. Hands down she is one of the most important person in my life. She has struggled with Anorexia Nervosa for most of her life and was in and out of treatment centers and hospitals for close to four years. Even though she missed a large part of her high school time, she graduated second in her class of over 600 students and was nominated Student Council President. She is premed at the University of Florida and although she still deals with body image problems, she is learning that it is of great importance to help others in combating such a problem. In Gainesville, she works at UF's heath department as an Eating Disorder Outreach Coordinator. I never would have believed that she would come out of such a horrendous disease with such a strong sense of character and ability to help others.