Participant stories

Marybeth’s story

Eating disorders advocate who has lived with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, NORTH CAROLINA   Marybeth, 49, North Carolina, is the Founder of ‘Epiphany’, an organization dedicated to offering support and treatment to those living with eating disorders. Marybeth established Epiphany in 2019, after overcoming her own 20-year-long battle with anorexia nervosa, …

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Erika’s story

Linguistics PhD student who was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at 12 years of age, CALIFORNIA   Linguistics PhD student, Erika, 30, California was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at 12 years of age. During childhood, Erika was a cheerful, spontaneous, and self-confident child, who enjoyed school, exercising and spending time with her family and friends. In …

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Janice’s story

Executive Director of the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC)  who has battled anorexia & bulimia nervosa for almost 50 years, CALIFORNIA   After graduating from high school as Valedictorian, and on the verge of commencing college, Janice, then aged 17 years, chose to go on a diet, following a comment made regarding her maturing body …

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Patti Geolat’s story

Founder, Something for Kelly Foundation & founder & CEO, Geolat Companies, TEXAS   Ms Patti Geolat is founder of the Something for Kelly Foundation – a non-profit, national organization created to empower children aged six-to-12 years to fight their predisposition toward eating disorders. She established the Foundation in 2013 to honor her niece, Kelly, whose …

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