Proposed Bill May Help Prevent Eating Disorders

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- A Valley delegate to Virginia's General Assembly proposed a bill that could affect students in public schools.

Del. Richard Bell wants more to be done when it comes to eating disorders. He represents parts of the Shenandoah Valley in the state's 20th district.

Del. Bell's proposed bill would require screenings for eating disorders for public school students in grades five through ten.

Elizabeth Campbell, a nurse at Mary Baldwin College, said early detection of eating disorders could help.

“If we'd had a preventative way of catching it before it came a major crisis and treatment for the students or the patient would be a lot less intense,” said Campbell.

It could also require each school board to give parents educational information about disorders.

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