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But I Want to Lose Weight! Addressing Weight Concerns in Your Clients with Binge Eating Disorder. Personal, Professional and Theoretical Insights: A Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 25, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Del Sol (Green Valley Ranch)

Background: Concern about weight is common in binge eating disorder and, indeed, contributes to the behavior. This panel of experts offers insights from decades of experience working with women who struggle with weight, emotional and binge eating, including a dietitian, a therapist and a recovered journalist.

Objectives: 1. Explain why traditional, weight-focused, and restrictive eating interventions do not lead to sustained weight loss and may thwart long term success and recovery from BED. 2. Describe how Self Determination Theory can guide the delivery of interventions leading to a more intrinsic level of motivation for our clients. 3. Identify strategies to help those with BED shift their focus from losing weight to gaining health through non-restrictive, mindfulness based interventions and strategies and improved self-care practices.

Content Outline: But I Want to Lose Weight! Addressing Weight Concerns in Your Clients with Binge Eating Disorder

Persona, Professional and Theoretical Insights: A Panel Discussion

I.                    Primary Presenter- Kari Anderson

a.       Introduces panel names, credentials and title and short bio of the members.

b.       Shares diary excerpt of women with binge eating disorder who is entering treatment for the first time (shares what brought her to treatment at this time)

c.       Presents the dilemma of client who is trapped in cycle of bingeing, driven by the extrinsic motivator of “needing to lose weight” as well as the introjected motivation of her own shame and self-loathing YET understands that these symptoms are the very things that are perpetuating the disorder.

d.       Discusses validation as strategy, not endorsement. “Help me understand what it’s like to be you.”

e.       Explains hope building, discuss the treatment methods and the science behind it.

II.                  Co- Presenter – Marsha Hudnall

a.       What is healthy weight and how does one find it? If ever..

b.       Introduction of methods for creating attitudes and behaviors that support freedom from weight obsessions and leads to healing one’s relationship with food.

c.       Promoting autonomy and competence specifically with food and eating.

III.                Co-Presenter – Sunny Gold

a.       Shares experience with binge eating disorder and recovery story.

b.       Introduction of attitudes and behaviors that support freedom from weight obsessions and leads to healing one’s relationship with body.

IV.                Primary Presenter – Kari Anderson

a.       Explains Self Determination Theory and promotes long term attitude and behavior change in our clients

b.       How mindfulness empowers autonomy and competence, creating self-identification and self-regulation.

c.       Facilitates Question and Answer and Comments from workshop attendees with panel.

Concern about weight status and a desire to lose weight are common in individuals with binge eating disorder (BED) and, indeed, may be the very factors that contribute to the development of the disorder. Moreover, weight gain is often an outcome of binge eating, which further intensifies the focus on weight. To compensate for binges, individuals frequently try to restrict intake following a binge to “gain control”, leading to extreme feelings of deprivation which sets the stage for more binging. As a result, individuals feel trapped in this cycle of binging, driven by the desire to control their weight. This panel discussion focuses on helping clients find freedom from weight obsessions, to heal their relationship with food and their bodies, to find their way to recovery from BED through behaviors that support overall health and wellness. The panel will explore how a person who binge eats can move from a very narrow focus on weight to a broader, more holistic focus on changing attitudes and behavior to improve overall health, by which arriving at their natural healthy weight may be an outcome, not a goal. Participants will learn personal insights, professional protocols and a theoretical process for shifting their clients’ focus to recovery without invalidating the very real experience of a person of size in our culture. Mindfulness-based interventions that increase autonomy and competence in their relationship with food and body will be presented.

Primary Presenter:
Kari Wolfe Anderson, DBH, CEDS

Dr. Kari Anderson, LPC, CEDS has been treating eating disorders for 25 years, with emphasis on Binge Eating Disorder. She is President and Chief Clinical Director for Green Mountain at Fox Run’s Women's Center for Binge and Emotional Eating in Ludlow, Vermont. She earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health in 2012 from Arizona State University researching effective Binge Eating Disorder treatment. Kari is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body. She serves on the iaedp Certification Committee.

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

A registered dietitian nutritionist, Marsha has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, giving hope to women that overcoming eating and weight struggles is possible. Marsha is President and Co-owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women's retreat for healthy weight and well-being. An accomplished writer, has won numerous awards for the blog, A Weight Lifted. She currently writes for The Huffington Post. Marsha served on the board of the Binge Eating Disorder Association from 2009 to 2016. She is the current president of The Center for Mindful Eating.

and Sunny Gold, BA

Sunny Sea Gold is a media-savvy author and advocate specializing in binge eating disorder, cultural obsessions around food and weight, and raising children who have a healthy body image. After recovering from binge eating disorder, Sunny wrote the book, Food: The Good Girl’s Drug. A former editor at Glamour, Seventeen, and Redbook magazines, she is also a sought-after journalist with a bimonthly psychology column in Scientific American Mind, and a biweekly body image column on the women’s site Greatist. She regularly writes about health, psychology, and parenting for national print magazines like O: The Oprah Magazine, Parents, and Readers Digest.

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