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NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders

Date and Time

February 28, 2019



Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races/ethnicities, body weights, and socioeconomic statuses. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening. But eating disorders can be treated. Learning more about them can help you spot the warning signs and seek treatment early.

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NIMH is hosting a Twitter chat on eating disorders . This chat will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Mark Chavez, Ph.D., the Program Chief of the NIMH Eating Disorders Research Program, will be available to discuss the topic and answer questions live on Twitter.

Participating is easy.

  • To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account.
  • Follow @NIMHgov  on Twitter for updates about the chat and other information about mental health research.
  • If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still observe the chat in real-time by entering the hashtag #NIMHchats at
  • Remember to use #NIMHchats with your questions and posts.

An archive of the chat will be posted on NIMH’s website following the event.

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