Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

The Anna Westin Anorexia Intervention Bill

A new bipartisan Anorexia Intervention Bill (HR 2515.) was introduced this month, named for Anna Westin, a woman who battled anorexia for five years and died in 2000 at the age of 21. Although she sought treatment and asked for help, one of the contributing factors to Anna’s anorexia and death related to the lack of adequate care provided by her insurance company, the high cost of treatment, and the lack of knowledge and understanding about eating disorders. The Westin Family's opened The Anna Westin House, September 29, 2002 in Chaska, Minnesota in an effort to promote more research for effective prevention and treatments, and rallying for managed care to provide these treatments. They turned over the house to The Eating Disorders Institute at Methodist Hospital, who has been running the foundation and continuing progress toward the Westin Family’s goal. The Anorexia Intervention Bill will require training for health professionals and school personnel so they can better identify eating disorders in early stages, and provide intervention measures. According to The Eating Disorders Coalition, about one American dies every hour from a medical condition related to an eating disorder. This makes early identification and treatment an essential need for health and health insurance companies. As the first of its kind in over a decade, The Anna Westin Anorexia Intervention Bill will forward the progress helping to take the stigma away from individuals who seek treatment for eating disorders. Designed to help an estimated 14.5 million people who struggle with eating disorders, the focus is the three T’s: Training, Treatment and Truth in Advertising. By urging Representatives to support the Act, you can help make a difference in your community and in Recovery. Keep the conversation going by commenting here, and then sharing your personal affirmations on Instagram using hashtag #NoFilter. Your affirmation may be what someone else is seeking as a guide in their own recovery!