Packard expands eating-disorders program

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto has expanded its eating-disorders treatment program to now include young adults, ages 18 to 21.

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Posted by Good PR
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:29 am

Stanford Hospitals have recently been on a major public relations campaign in preparation for approval of their mega development. Hardly a day passes without some announcement of a "community" study or program.
They have some high priced PR people working full time. The public programs focus on popular health subjects, like Alzheimers, women's issues, babies.
These have always been important health issues but the "community" publicity angle is recent.

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Posted by Weekly reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2008 at 5:53 pm

There is a 2 page spread in today's weekly about sleep, and the final paragraph is called "Meeting the Needs of a Growing COMMUNITY."

There is a new newspaper with Medicine News that is mailed to every household with
Updates for the Local COMMUNITY. That baby must cost them a pretty penny.
They seem to have money to burn.

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Mar 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm

That is some pretty cynical thinking in the first two posts. About a year ago I met a very young woman with an eating disorder. She was on a feeding tube. She was terribly thin. The sight of food would sometimes make her gag. It isn't a funny thing at all, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out it is becoming more common. Just look at the standard of beauty that we hold up to young people as examples. That won't change, but psychiatry can help.

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Posted by Weekly reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Nobody is saying that illness isn't important or that doctors aren't important.
My post was about the huge publicity campaign aiming to influence public opinion for their big development plans. It would be better that all that money were spent on medical care, on doctors and nurses and such, than on looking for world fame.

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