|Cindy Nappa Bitter
has been involved in the area of eating disorders for over 15 years. Since 1987, she has
educated medical students, college students, teachers, social workers, and the general
public on the complex issues of eating disorders through the sharing of her successful
She appears frequently on local and national radio and TV shows, and is active in many organizations that support the education and prevention of eating disorders. Her personal experiences with anorexia and bulimia remain the driving force behind her compassion, her sensitivity, and her dedication to providing far-reaching hope and education to as many people as possible. Her outreach has been expanded through the auspices of the Internet, where she has become a supportive voice to those who struggle with an eating disorder.
The author received a B.S. Degree in Health Science Education from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and an A.A.S. Degree in Health Information Management from Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY). For several years, Bitter provided career consulting services (New York State Education Depa~nent, Office of Vocational and Education Services for Individuals with Disability), to individuals with brain injury, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. During that time, Bitter was a lead player in developing a team concept for providing successful and cost-effective vocational service to individuals with brain injury in Rochester, NY. She co-authored that concept into a vocational guide, which is now being used as a model for development of statewide vocational training services.
Early in 1997, Bitter extended her service and support to persons
struggling with eating and self-esteem issues through the founding of her company,
HopeLines, whose vision and mission is grounded in the belief that with hope, all things
are possible. Today, the author remains