Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, Founder and Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs in Garden City, N.Y. had long been an advocate for the continuing education of eating disorders to the areas patients, the local communities and professionals in the field. He and his team at ED-180 Programs sought to bring to Long Island a high-caliber conference with national presenters to increase awareness about eating disorders and their treatment. In April of 2013, the first Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The day was filled with information and the overall reviews were some of the best ever reported for eating disorder conference. Today, the Long Island Conference on Eating Disorder is the largest known annual conference on eating disorders that is offered at no charge to patients, families and clinicians. In the summer of 2013, Dr. DeSarbo and his team further sought to provide education to the region and also created a new website for the Long Island eating disorder community at www.LongIslandEatingDisorders.com.
The Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders is widely promoted to both the public and professionals throughout Long Island and the greater New York City area. Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) has a population of over 2.8 million residents according to 2006-2010 U.S. Census data, and eating disorders are very prevalent in this region of the country.
For 2017, the venue of for the conference will again return to the student center auditorium at Hofstra University which will provided exceptional accommodations with its comfortable stadium theater seating and movie sized projection screen. Hofstra University will be assisting with the promotion of the conference through their university marketing program reaching students and faculty at the university and especially with their mental health education programs. Last year’s attendance was near capacity with local patients, the public and clinicians as well as attendees that traveled from NYC, Westchester, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Planned conference topics will be geared at providing professional advice and information to patients, families and treatment providers from national experts in the field of eating disorder treatment. Additional presentations by recovered/recovering patients will also provide additional insight into treatment and recovery expectations. An exhibit area will be present for attendees to ask questions and obtain additional materials from sponsors.