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Stephens to screen 'Someday Melissa' as part of awareness week

February 10, 2015

Millions of women and girls suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia in the United States, and college campuses are “breeding grounds” for the disease.

“While eating disorders do not discriminate—they can affect anyone—college students are under a lot of extra stress,” said Mallory Langston, counseling fellow at Stephens College. “The pressure can trigger under eating, binging and purging, excessive exercise or other dangerous behaviors.”

The College is bringing awareness to the issue during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Stephens will screen “Someday Melissa,” a documentary about a 19-year-old who died from complications related to bulimia. The film begins at 7 p.m. in Charters Auditorium.

“Someday Melissa” is the story of Melissa Avrin, who died in 2009 after a five-year fight with bulimia. Her mother, Judy, made the film after discovering her daughter’s journals, in which she wrote about her struggle but also her hopes and dreams for the future.

The documentary is presented by McCallum Place St. Louis, and medical director Dr. Stephanie Bagby-Stone will be on hand for a discussion following the film.

“We really hope this film educates people about the realities and dangers of eating disorders, especially bulimia,” Langston said. “We’re so thankful to be partnering with McCallum Place to shine a light on this misunderstood disease.”

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