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Clinical psychologist and author Margo Maine to discuss body image as part of Quinnipiac University’s Campus Cross Talk series

Margo Maine, clinical psychologist and author, will discuss body image as part of Quinnipiac University’sCampus Cross Talk series.

Maine will present the lecture “The Body Myth: Part 1,” about the obsessions people have with food and their bodies, on Monday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.

Maine returns to the North Haven Campus Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. to present “The Body Myth: Part 2,” which will focus on the journey from body wars to body peace.

“Eating disorders are a critical issue on all college campuses today,” Maine said. “This problem is not going away and I am happy to be visiting Quinnipiac to have a dialog about eating disorders on college campuses and answer questions and concerns of both students and faculty.”

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Kimberly Hartmann, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences, said the Campus Cross Talk series allows students to interact with speakers on controversial topics that influence today's young adults.

“Margo Maine's work has been instrumental in educating the public and professionals on the issues related to body image and eating disorders,” Hartmann said. “Her research, clinical practice and public speaking have developed a body of information and literature for all of us to use to be more aware about ourselves and how health care can promote wellness for those people who have an eating order.”

Maine is co-founder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group in West Hartford, which offers a variety of clinical services, and has specialized in eating disorders for nearly 30 years. She has written several books on the subject and is a senior editor of “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.”

Maine was a founding member and longtime board member and vice president of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action, a founding member and fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a member of the founder’s council and past president of the National Eating Disorders Association.

Maine appeared on Katie Couric’s television talk show last May to discuss the epidemic of eating disorders and the obsessions related to appearance, weight, exercise and dieting. Couric and Maine also spoke with Mika Brezinski, MSNBC co-host of “Morning Joe,” and author of “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — And My Own” which quotes Maine extensively.

The Campus Cross Talk series is a year-long array of events that engage students and faculty in discussions on topics related to a central theme. The current theme is health literacy. Past Campus Cross Talks focused on bioethics and social revolution. Events can include teach-ins, book reviews, film analysis, panel discussions and guest speakers.

For more information, call 203-582-8652.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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