Featured Workshop at 2017 iaedp Symposium Reveals How Eating Disorder Professionals Lead the Way to True Health in a Disordered World

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Eating disorder professionals are aware that the predominant health culture of diet mentality and weight stigma causes harm. In the interactive workshop, “Eating Disorder Professionals Leading the Way: Promoting Healing and True Health in a Disordered World” to be featured on opening day of the 2107 iaedp Symposium, presenters Anna Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD and Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RD, CD, will discuss research, clinical tools and strategies to practice a universal, non-diet approach to help set a standard for health care that promotes true health without causing harm.

According to Anna Lutz, this “tension can leave us feeling isolated and burned out, but we also face an ethical challenge to do no harm, even if other professionals disagree with our approach.”

Eating disorder professionals are aware that the predominant health culture of diet mentality and weight stigma causes harm. In the interactive workshop, “Eating Disorder Professionals Leading the Way: Promoting Healing and True Health in a Disordered World” to be featured on opening day of the 2107 iaedp Symposium, presenters Anna Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD and Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RD, CD, will discuss research, clinical tools and strategies to practice a universal, non-diet approach to help set a standard for health care that promotes true health without causing harm.

Eating disorder professionals know firsthand the harm that restrictive dieting messages and weight stigma can cause, but as health professionals, they often feel the pressure and expectation to promote those harmful messages in the name of health. According to Lutz, this “tension can leave us feeling isolated and burned out, but we also face an ethical challenge to do no harm, even if other professionals disagree with our approach.”

The Lutz and Zavodni workshop examines the evidence that the dominant nutrition and health messages focusing on weight control and restrictive eating tend to exacerbate the very problem they mean to target, in addition to implicitly promoting disordered eating behaviors. It also provides an overview of a non-diet, eating disorder protective approach, the evidence of its effectiveness to improve health, and reviews the challenges of consistently using this approach in a world with fundamentally opposing values.

The opening-day workshop is just one of the more than 60 offered by some of the world’s leading eating disorder professionals during the annual iaedp Symposium at the Green Valley Resort in Las Vegas during March 23 – 26, 2017. Early registration rates are still available and can be found at iaedp.com.

About iaedp: Established in 1985, iaedp is recognized for its excellence in providing education and training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of healthcare treatment providers who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems, from anorexia to bulimia to binge eating and obesity. The organization offers a rigorous certification process for those who wish to receive specialized credentials in their work with people with eating disorders. For more information about iaedp, visit http://www.iaedp.com.

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