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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2019 02:23 PM
From: Representative Perry S. Warren
To: All House members
Subject: Eating Disorder Parental Education
Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. These serious conditions are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice, but instead are potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. People, especially children who struggle with eating disorders, need to seek, or be provided with, professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

With this in mind, I will be introducing legislation requiring schools to annually provide educational information regarding eating disorders to parents with children in 5th – 12th grades. In addition, this legislation will create guidelines for local school boards that outline the optional development of an eating disorder screening program and appropriate opt-out and exemption procedures, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder.

It is essential for school educators and parents to have information regarding eating disorders to be able to know warning signs and how best to help their students and children. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to increase awareness about these serious and devastating disorders, as well as to help identify and treat students with these disorders as early as possible.

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