Date: Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm
Presenter: Kym Piekunka
Title: Eating Disorders and the Impact on Siblings
Description: Kym Piekunka will present on the unique impact eating disorders have on siblings. While many studies have focused on how sisters and brothers affect recovery outcomes, Kym co-created an online sibling survey with Bridget Whitlow, LMFT, to better understand their experience and support needs. With 274 responses from five countries, specific themes have emerged. Come join us as Kym reviews these findings and utilizes her story to highlight the importance of supporting this population.
Bio: Since her sister Kacy’s death in 2002 from bulimia, Kym Piekunka became a speaker, blogger, and advocate focusing on her sister’s experience. Over a decade later, Kym observed the reality for siblings had not progressed. Sisters and brothers were sidenotes in articles, organizational education, conferences and treatment, so Kym switched gears. In 2017 she made it her mission to give the sibling experience a voice by creating the website KymAdvocates.com. Recognizing the lack of research and support systems surrounding siblings and the eating disorder impact, she co-created an online sibling survey. Currently, Kym is presenting on data results, expanding the survey in other languages, and developing sibling support systems.
Location: The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 245, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland) or street parking
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