Support Message from the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt

I’m Dr. Steven Crawford. At the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt we are thrilled to be supporting Elena Rossini’s documentary “The Illusionists.” It is our hope that this documentary will open the door to provide insights to communities and individuals about how mass marketing media images are created and how they actually distort the true meaning of beauty. This distortion can result in individuals feeling a lot of self-doubt, and questioning themselves, and having body dissatisfaction. At the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt we frequently see the body image dissatisfaction leading to disordered eating and eating disorders. Through education, this documentary can serve to provide media literacy, which is a known protective factor against the development of eating disorders. Follow along with us, as we get updates on


As one of the premier treatment centers in the United States, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, located in Baltimore, Maryland, has been a leader in the evidenced-based treatment of eating disorders for more than 20 years. The Center’s interdisciplinary staff provides specialized care for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Our full continuum of care includes an Inpatient Program, Partial Hospital Program, and Intensive Outpatient Program as well comprehensive outpatient therapies and support groups. In addition to the provision of quality clinical care, The Center is committed to providing educational opportunities and events that enhance positive body image, media literacy and self-esteem for all.