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Huffington Post: Al Franken Sponsors Eating Disorders Bill

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, along with co-sponsors Sen. Amy Klobuchar (also of Minnesota), and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, have introduced the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act, the Minnesota Independent reports.

The bill is seen as the first of its kind, and would require the federal government to:

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, along with co-sponsors Sen. Amy Klobuchar (also of Minnesota), and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, have introduced the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act, the Minnesota Independent reports.

The bill is seen as the first of its kind, and would require the federal government to:

  • Expand research into prevention and treatment of eating disorders
  • Improve the training and education of health care providers and educators on eating disorders
  • Improve national monitoring and data collection on the prevalence of eating disorders
  • Take steps to prevent eating disorders by developing evidence-based prevention programs
  • Provide additional avenues for effective and affordable treatment of eating disorders

Said Al Franken on the bill:

“I hear far too often from Minnesotans who have dealt personally with a loved one who suffers from an eating disorder. The fact is, we don’t know nearly enough about diagnosing, treating, and preventing these diseases. Today’s legislation is a major step forward in understanding eating disorders and how to stop them from destroying lives.”

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