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. After 5 consecutive years of the Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders, the conference is on hiatus as other projects involving eating disorder education and advocacy are in process.
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. Currently, Dr. DeSarbo is focusing on finishing his two books on eating disorders and lecturing at hospitals and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.