Walden Center for Education and Research

Stu Koman

Welcome from the Founder and CEO

Eating disorders are pervasive, misunderstood and deadly.  They affect people of all ages, races and genders.  While some eating disorders, such as binge eating, have become public health issues due to the nation’s obesity epidemic, others, such as anorexia and bulimia, have been glamorized by the media.

Regardless of public perceptions, people struggling with an eating disorder are forever engaged in a silent battle that controls, compromises and too often ends their life.  At the same time, family and friends of someone suffering can feel frustrated, helpless and hopeless.

Despite the fact that millions feel the pain, anguish and despair caused by eating disorders, little research has been done to discover treatment approaches that are proven to help those suffering.  In addition, a lack of eating disorder education and awareness has perpetuate the stigma associated with this mental illness.

But, there is hope.

For nearly a decade, Walden Behavioral Care has been providing inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care to patients and their families with eating disorders, engaging in research, and educating the public about eating disorders.  However, we need to do more.

For this reason, Walden Behavioral Care founded The Walden Center for Education and Research, a nonprofit organization committed to discovering effective treatments for eating disorders, decreasing the stigma around mental illness, providing subsidized patient care to save lives, and decreasing the number of people who suffer from this devastating illness.

The goals of the Walden Center for Education and Research include:

  • Support, promote, and conduct research into the causes of and effective treatments for eating disorders.
  • Increase public awareness through the development of public conferences, seminars, forums and professional education activities.
  • Assist in subsidizing patient care to individuals who cannot afford care or lack adequate benefits
  • Promote political advocacy to improve the quality and availability of services.
  • Prevention through school-based presentations and outreach activities

For individuals and families affected by eating disorders, the road toward recovery can seem long and daunting, but there is hope.  Through research, education, effective treatments and advocacy we can win the war against eating disorders.

Stuart Koman, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                                      Founder and CEO