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Author to speak at URI about body image and children

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 7, 2004 -- Kathy Kater, a St. Paul, Minn. psychotherapist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for 25 years and authored books on the subject, will speak at the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Her talk, "Developing a Healthy Body Image in a Body Toxic Culture," will be held in the Galanti Lounge of the URI Library. A reception will immediately follow.

Frustrated that the progress in understanding body image, eating, and weight concerns has not been matched by effective prevention, Kater authored Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! The book contains a comprehensive curriculum for upper elementary age children. Published in 1998 by the National Eating Disorders Association and recommended by the U.S. Department of Health in their Bodywise packet for educators, the book is used in hundreds of schools across the country.

Katerís new book, Real Kids Come in All Sizes: Ten Essential Lessons To Build Your Child's Body Estee, will be available in bookstores in July.

The authorís visit to URI is the 24th Annual Fredrika Wild Schweers Memorial Lecture on Women and Health and is sponsored by URIís Women's Studies Program. For more information, call 874-5150.