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Friday, November 11, 2011

Douglaston teen gets special honor

Kristina Saffran cited for her work helping others overcome anorexia

by Liz Rhoades, Managing Editor 
Source: http://www.qchron.com

Kristina Saffran, a 19-year-old resident of Douglaston, was cited Monday for her “passionate and inspirational work” to help anorexics and their families overcome the condition.

Saffran, a sophomore at Harvard University, was one of 21 females to receive Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an obsessive fear of gaining weight. It is often coupled with a distorted self image.

A recovered anorexic, Saffran and fellow patient Liana Rosenman met each other during treatment at LIJ Hospital, and were both honored for starting Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2008 and raises money for others with eating disorders who are unable to afford treatment.

The support group also serves as mentors and consultants for people suffering from the eating disorder and their families. In just three years, Project HEAL has expanded to 17 active chapters across the country, raised more than $130,000, helped five applicants cover the cost of treatment and spoken to over 50 organizations.
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If you have been in recovery from anorexia, what can you share from your journey that might be an encouragement to those who may be struggling?

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