Luncheon to discuss eating habits for women

The Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED) will be holding its Inaugural Fall Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at noon at the Greenwich Country Club.

Kelly Klump, a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University will share enlightening research discoveries on how hormones shape women’s cravings for food and alcohol. ABC News Correspondent and Greenwich resident Reena Ninan will serve as master of ceremonies and seven-time all-american triathlete, Team USA world competitor and Greenwich resident Karen Newman will share a personal account of her own battle with an eating disorder and with breast cancer.

“I am proud to be part of the GFED movement because it is literally saving lives,” Ms. Newman said. “NOW is the time for us all to stand up, to share and to throw off the shame that surrounds these illnesses. Together we can triumph.”

Dr. Klump’s research focuses on genetic and biological risk factors for eating disorders using both human and, surprisingly, animal models. She is particularly interested in developmental changes and hormones and their intersection with eating disorders.

Dr. Klump has published more than 135 papers and received several federal grants for this work, including four currently funded National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) projects. In 2007-2008 Dr. Klump served as president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the largest international professional organization dedicated to the treatment, research and prevention of eating disorders.

GFED recently approved a grant to fund research at Michigan State under Dr. Kump’s mentorship exploring the intersection of hormones with the brain reward circuits, and its evolution from early to later stages of eating disorders associated with binge behavior. This work on the role of hormones and the neurobiology of binge behavior has the potential to identify targets that may be accessible to pharmacologic interventions.

Tickets for the luncheon are still available for purchase at

The members of the lucheon benefit committee are MJ Berrien, Jean Calhoun, Susan Lehman Carmichael, Sheila Gallagher, Laura Glanville, Kris Gould, Michele Haertel, Wendy Haigney, Leah Komar Harris, Carla Kidd, Kim Leonard, Sandy Marrow, Martha Olson, Lisa Rosenstein, Sara Walsh and Suzanne Zarrilli.

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