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1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana,70122
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Director, Eating Disorders Treatment Program
River Oaks Hospital
Susan G. Willard, LCSW, BCD, has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine and Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, she first developed her specialized program in 1982. Since that time, Ms. Willard has become known for her patient advocacy and her commitment to quality care. Her pioneering treatment philosophy, prolific lecturing, and clinical research have distinguished her professionally and fostered her national reputation of excellence in the field. In 2001, The Eating Disorders Treatment Center opened at River Oaks Hospital, representing the pinnacle of her work.
Susan Willard, LCSW, FAEDDirector, Eating Disorders Treatment Program at River Oaks HospitalProfessor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Neurology and Dept. of PediatricsTulane University School of Medicine
River Oaks Hospital - Eating Disorders
Susan G. Willard, LCSW, BCD, has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 20 years.Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine, she first developed her specialized program in 1982.Since that time, Ms. Willard has become known for her patient advocacy, her commitment to patients, and her career in teaching.Her pioneering treatment philosophy, prolific lecturing, and clinical research, along with her wealth of experience, have distinguished her professionally and given her a national reputation of excellence in the field of eating disorders.In 2001, The Eating Disorders Treatment Center opened at River Oaks Hospital representing the panicle of her work.
Susan Willard says a lot of the pressure to be thin now comes from home."It's not infrequent that we see patients who have families who are over-invested in body shape and weight," says Willard, clinical director of the eating disorders treatment centre at River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans, where many patients come from Canada.In these families, calorie counting, fat-gram counting and exercise "become a primary focus in the home and at the table."Kids who grow up in families of that sort believe that it is of very primary importance that they 'eat right' and stay fit and healthy, and that ultimately can turn out to be extremely unhealthy," says Willard, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine and co-author of the book, When Dieting Becomes Dangerous.
Lohan battles bulimia -- and denial
"Bulimics don't know it's a disease," points out Susan Willard, a professor at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans and the founder of an eating disorders program."They think it's a dieting mechanism.They think, 'Wow!I can eat all of this, then throw up!' It becomes psychologically addictive and hard to stop."I believe the disorder is about a variety of issues and conflicts, and not about food.Certain people who have certain personality traits , perfectionism, anxiety , they are setups for an eating disorder," said Willard, before an appearance at the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in West Palm Beach.