Controversial Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Redefined at 2016 iaedp™ Symposium

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The presentation, “Orthorexia Comes of Age: Past, Present and Future of the Most Controversial Eating Disorder,” will be one of the more than 40 offered by leading eating disorder professionals during the annual iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida held February 17 – 21, 2016.

The eating disorder, “Orthorexia,” was first conceived by a physician in 1997 when the condition was used to describe patients suffering from an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy food. Since then, orthorexia has gone from obscurity to media darling.

The presentation, “Orthorexia Comes of Age: Past, Present and Future of the Most Controversial Eating Disorder,” will be one of the more than 40 offered by leading eating disorder professionals during the annual iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida held February 17 – 21, 2016.

Registration information can be found at iaedp.com.

Although criteria have been proposed for Orthorexia Nervosa - first by dietitian Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, in the Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition in 2013, and then by Moroze et al. in 2015 - questions about the legitimacy of orthorexia as a distinct eating disorder has remained despite the common usage of this concept among treatment providers.

During the iaedp workshop, Steven A. Bratman, MD, MPH, who discovered the Orthorexia condition, will speak for the first time to the international community of eating disorder professionals about why and how he conceived of orthorexia. Dr. Bratman will present the newly proposed orthorexia criteria and screening tool that he developed with Thom Dunn from the Setnick and Moroze models.

Joining Dr. Bratman during the presentation are two notable eating disorder dietitians - Setnick and Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD, CEDRD.

Amanda Mellowspring, MS,RD,CEDRD has been viewed as a national resource in the treatment of Orthorexia Nervosa for over a decade and has presented on this topic area in multiple national arenas, including being the first to bring this to the iaedp community at a national Symposium.

Setnick will cover the direction that research must take to bring orthorexia treatment parallel with other eating disorders, including the Dysfunctional Eating Behavior Model.

About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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