November 25, 2002

MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
PHONE: 410-502-8902
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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT NEWS TIPS

Listed below are story ideas from The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. To pursue any of these stories, call John M. Lazarou at 410- 502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

WHEN A DIET IS MORE THAN A DIET: EATING DISORDERS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Many times, the parents of a college freshman first notice the early stages of an eating disorder around the holiday season when their children arrive home after months away. In an attempt to avoid the "freshman fifteen" -- the extra pounds some kids gain in their first year on their own -- some students, particularly women, become overly concerned with their weight. Should this concern become obsessive, it can develop into anorexia or bulimia. "Dieting in young adults is the single biggest risk factor for an eating disorder," says Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center psychologist Laurie Friedman Donze, Ph.D. "If caught early, 50 percent of patients with an eating disorder are curable with treatment, and at 75 percent improve significantly."

To interview Donze call John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu or speak with an adolescent psychology expert contact Holly Hamilton at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center at 410 515-4934 or hhamilto@jhmi.edu.

NUTRITION: WAYS TO WATCH YOUR WAISTLINE AT THE HOLIDAYS
Dieters and all those who want to "battle the holiday bulge" will face a strong dilemma when ambushed from every direction by delectable goodies. Since food is the focus of many holiday celebrations, it can be a real challenge to a dieter's willpower. Lorraine Giangrandi, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D., clinical dietician specialist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, can offer advice on how to make smarter choices for healthier eating and cooking around the holidays. To interview Giangrandi, contact John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

HOLIDAY FOOD TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
Holiday parties and dinners are full of edible temptations for anyone, but for people with diabetes, yielding to such temptations can be disastrous for glucose control. This does not mean that diabetes sufferers can't enjoy the festivities. According to Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center nutritionist Cynthia Finley, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D., diabetics shouldn't expect to have perfect glucose management during the holiday season. Finley can offer tips on measures diabetics can take to cut down on temptation foods and how manage blood sugar levels at parties. To speak with Finley, contact John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu



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