F.R.E.E.D. Speaking Tour
Kathleen MacDonald suffered with a variety of "eating disorders" (anorexia, bulimia, exercise bulimia, disordered eating, and body image issues) for nearly 20 years of her life before she undertook her "Journey to Healthy". As a result of her journey, Kathleen is committed to speaking out about the diseases that nearly claimed her life and that affect millions of other young women and men on a daily basis. Kathleen addresses the complex realities of eating disorders, encourages those suffering, or those who know someone suffering, to reach out for help. Kathleen offers hope for a life free from eating disordered thoughts and behaviors, freedom from body image issues, and she empowers those listening to change their lives!
Some of Kathleen's outreach includes:
Kathleen was featured in Health Magazine in May, 2002 in an article on eating disorders and insurance coverage. She candidly shared her story in a nationally aired documentary on Good Life TV entitled, "The American Family -Eating Disorders". Kathleen spoke to members of Congress and their staff at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill regarding the reality of eating disorders and the need for federal policy recognizing eating disorders as a public health crisis.
She was a featured speaker at the First National Policy Conference on Eating Disorders in Washington, D.C., in April 2004, presenting on "Prevention through Advocacy". In June of 2005 Kathleen presented on "Media and Body Image" and spoke as an "Eating Disorder Survivor" at the National Conference on Eating Disorders Legislation in Washington, D.C.. Kathleen continues to speak on behalf of the EDC, most recently at a Press Conference on Capitol Hill sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono when she reintroduced The IMPACT Act. Kathleen was one of the primary experts who researched and wrote draft language for the Education and Prevention section of The FREED Act (The Federal Response to Eliminating Eating Disorders). She was part of the development team for Wings of Hope -a support group developed at Ophelia's Place in New York and was invited to present on "The Long Term Affects of Eating Disorders" at the First New York State Initiative Conference on Eating Disorders. Kathleen developed a national online prayer-line for those affected by eating disorders and has served as a Coordinator in Michigan for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 2005 and 2006, and 2007.
Kathleen was featured in a documentary called "Made Over in America" which debates the mal-effects of so-called "reality" television shows like "The Swan". Her media outreach includes: on Detroit talk show "Urban Connections" to discuss Cross-Cultural Body Image Issues, on NBC's "Peter's Principals", and as a regular guest on "The Sports Triad". Kathleen has been humbled to receive numerous awards for her outreach, including recently: "The Community Partner award from Michigan's Community Mental Health Services".
In 2007 Kathleen had the honor of presenting at both the NEDA and The Renfrew Center conferences, and at a Congressional Briefing in April, 2008, to formally introduce The FREED Act.
Kathleen is known on the national level as a dedicated and well-versed expert in the education and prevention area of eating and body image issues. She presents nationally at universities, schools, conferences, doctor's offices, hospitals and medical schools, places of worship, and even to those she meets in the airport and coffee shops, sparking awareness of eating disorders and body image issues as often as possible. Kathleen firmly believes that eating disorders are a preventable epidemic and that educating people about the realities of eating disorders is a major part of eliminating the disorders.
Kathleen joined with The Gail R. Schoenbach F.R.E.E.D. Foundation For Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders in 2004 as their Education and Outreach Coordinator. Her presentations include "No More Tolerance Eating Disorders are Not 'Just a Passing Phase'" and, "Media and Body Image Does My Butt Look Big to You?" She will not stop reaching out until eating disorders, body image issues, extreme dieting and people dying from eating disorders are epidemics of the past.
Please contact Kathleen MacDonald for booking or more information