Andrea Garber, PhD, RD was on“About Health,” with me on KPFA.org.We addressed many of the issues related to eating challenges and disorders in children and teens.
There are extreme attitudes in the US surrounding weight and eating issues. 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. Disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder –are serious emotional and physical problems, that can have life-threatening consequences.
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She teaches and trains medical and graduate students, pediatric residents, and fellows in adolescent medicine and child psychiatry through her role in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program at UCSF and a Maternal Child Health-Nutrition training program in collaboration with the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She also teaches in the classroom, as the Nutrition Theme Director for the UCSF School of Medicine.
Her research focuses on eating disorders. She is the Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded studies of refeeding in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. In the community, Dr. Garber has been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Childhood Obesity Task Force, co-Chair of the Mayor’s Shape Up initiative, and an invited participant to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Obesity Summit.