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Community Health Resources: Eating Disorders: Introduction

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The “Consumer Health 4 Life” project sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library was funded by the National Library of Medicine (

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Community Health Resources: Eating Disorders

a guide to national and local resources

for Madison County, Alabama, residents


According to the Eating Disorders Coalition, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Nearly 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.

“Studies show people are healthier if they are knowledgeable about their medical conditions, treatments and prescriptions,” notes Rosalind Lett, Associate Director of Main Library Public Services for Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

Ms Lett is a longtime advocate for “health literacy,” and she was recognized in 2011 by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker” for her efforts. “The public library is a natural partner for the medical community. Doctors diagnose, treat, and prescribe; then librarians provide books, online information, and referrals to community resources so patients may educate themselves.”

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library received a 2012 grant from the National Library of Medicine to promote health literacy. The project, “Consumer Health 4 Life,” includes the creation of e-books on specific health topics for consumer research.

“The quantity of online information can be overwhelming for patients,” observes Mary Wallace Moore, Reference and Adult Services Manager. “People aren’t sure which websites to trust. So, my department created online research guides to medical information with links to community resources.”

“We hope that these guides will be used by students, patients, doctors and nurses to connect patients to the national and local resources available to them."