Congressman Robert Dold to Announce Support for Anna Westin Act at The Renfrew Center of Chicago
The Renfrew Center, celebrating its 30th Anniversary as the nation’s first residential eating disorder treatment facility dedicated exclusively to the treatment of adolescent girls and women, announced today that Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) will state his support for a new bipartisan bill, The Anna Westin Act, at The Renfrew Center of Chicago in Northbrook.
“We are honored to have Congressman Dold visit the site and announce his support for The Anna Westin Act,” said Samuel E. Menaged, JD, Founder and President of The Renfrew Centers. “Here at Renfrew we know that the earlier an eating disorder is detected and specialized treatment is received, the greater chance an individual has in leading a life free of their eating disorder. This Act is another step in helping to make recovery possible for everyone.”
The Anna Westin Act is designed to help those affected with or susceptible to eating disorders by focusing on training, treatment and truth in advertising. The legislation directs federal health administrators to award grants that train medical professionals and educators to better recognize the early warning signs of eating disorders, clarifies that the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act requires coverage for residential treatment of eating disorders and directs the Federal Trade Commission to study the digital manipulation of body images for advertising to determine if additional regulation is needed. The Anna Westin Act is in remembrance of a 21-year-old woman who lost her life to an eating disorder.
“Reality TV and advertising leave too many people with unrealistic body image expectations. This coupled with a lack of attention on eating disorders in our society too often makes those who suffer feel alone without a path to get healthy,” Rep. Dold said. “The Anna Westin Act will help ensure that those who suffer, and their families, no longer face eating disorders without the support they need to recover.”
Renfrew opened its Chicago location in the fall of 2014 after receiving feedback from professionals and community members and observing an overwhelming demand for services in the area. The site is under the leadership of Site Director, Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW.
Renfrew’s treatment philosophy emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own recovery. Drs. Gayle Brooks and Susan Ice, internationally recognized experts in the eating disorder field, oversee the clinical operations of Renfrew’s 17 locations. Its two residential facilities are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Coconut Creek, Florida.
The Renfrew Center works directly with most major insurance companies and routinely petitions out-of-network carriers to extend benefits to its patients. Renfrew is recognized as a leader in the eating disorders field having treated more than 65,000 adolescent girls and women and trained more than 30,000 professionals.