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Beyond the Basics: Nutritional Management of Eating Disorders


Sunday, March 26, 2017: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Background: This advanced course covers the nutritional treatment of the eating disorders and designed to educate those who have chosen eating disorders as their profession. Challenging topics will be addressed which include treating the borderline patient, managing refeeding syndrome and resolving issues such as food addictions, compulsive exercise, and food allergies.

Objectives: • Defend why the abstinent model for addiction might not be in the best interest in the treatment of those struggling with BED. • Discuss how to handle challenging cases such as orthorexia, gluten sensitivity, pregorexia, compulsive exercising • State four reasons why diabulimics might skip taking their insulin as prescribed

    1. Refeeding Syndrome
      1. Identification and monitoring
      1. Challenging the current guidelines
      1. Protocol
    1. Night Eating Syndrome
      1. Definition, diagnosis and challenges
      1. Dietitians role and individual therapy
    1. Food Addiction
      1. Review of advantages and disadvantages of abstinence
      1. Dietary tools to combat cravings as an alternative to abstinence
    1. Gluten Sensitivity
      1. Exposing the controversy
      1. When is a gluten free diet appropriate
    1. Orthorexia
      1. Definition and description
      1. Nutritional recommendations for recovery
    1. Pregorexia
      1. The challenges to being pregnant while struggling with an eating disorder
      1. The negative effect of an unhealthy eating practices on the unborn child
    1. Diabulimia
      1. Complications of manipulating insulin control one’s weight for the diabetic with an eating disorder
      1. Specialized treatment of diabetics with an eating disorder
    1. Drunkorexia
      1. Description and consequences
      1. Nutritional intervention
    1. Bariatric Surgery
      1. Exposing the various reasons for failing bariatric surgery
      1. Nutritional interventions as an alternative to gastric revision
    1. Compulsive Exercising
      1. Assessing compulsive exercise
      1. Psychoeducation on the harm of compulsive exercising
      1. Modification of safe activity participation
    1. Borderline Personality Disorder
      1. Outline of characteristics of a “borderline”
      1. Treatment skills for handling a borderline without disrupting the group milieu
    1. ARFID
      1. Recognizing when Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is significant
      1. Nutritional needs and strategies

This advanced course covers the nutritional treatment of the eating disorder patient and is designed to educate those who have chosen eating disorders as their profession. It was created and intended for those dietitians involved in seeing several patients per week in private practice or serving as part of an integrated staff working in a treatment facility. Challenging topics will be addressed which include treating the borderline patient, managing refeeding syndrome and resolving issues such as food addictions, compulsive exercise, and food allergies. Topics such as night eating syndrome, diabulimia, pregorexia and drunkorexia will be covered along with bariatric surgery, AFRID and orthorexia. Dr. Carson, author of The Brain Fix, brings his 40 years of experience in treating patients, consulting with numerous treatment centers and lecturing to professionals around the world to provide an entertaining and informative workshop on pertinent nutritional topics related to dysfunctional eating behaviors. The presentation focuses on updated research to communicate to professionals in the field the challenges and controversies surrounding the care of the continuum of eating disorder patients. This talk is an extension of the preconference beginning nutrition course for certification and goes into greater detail into the more complicated higher level of care issues regarding nutritional intervention.

Primary Presenter:
Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD

Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist with over 40 years of experience currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for binge eating disorders in Denver, CO and a consultant for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS. He is an active member on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and author of The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter, over 20 scientific published articles and several text book chapters.



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