2018 iaedp™ Symposium Reveals Critical Impact of Nutrition and Exercise on Positive Body Image

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At this year’s iaedp™ Symposium, two presentations will outline key recent advances in nutrition and exercise that impact understanding of the illness and its complexity for an individual who suffers with a strong desire to control one’s body shape and size.

Food and exercise are among the most commonly abused aspects in an eating disorder – whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. The role of nutrition and exercise are among the most critical components of eating disorder treatment, which typically evolves throughout the recovery process.

At this year’s iaedp™ Symposium, two presentations will outline key recent advances in nutrition and exercise that impact understanding of the illness and its complexity for an individual who suffers with a strong desire to control one’s body shape and size.

These presentations are among the more than 60 scheduled during the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, slated for March 22 – 25 at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Registration information can be found by visiting iaedp.com.

During the workshop, “Nourishing Neurons: Brain-based Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders,” presenters will provide recent advances in neurobiological research that expands insight into the influence of eating disorders on nutritional state and food selection. The session will offer that nutrition interventions affect brain response upon application, creating critical, primary foundations from which behavioral interventions can help shape neuropathways during healing. It also will outline the impact of eating disorders on neurobiological circuitry, including the provision and consumption of nutrition, highlighting the differences among eating disorder diagnoses.

Leah Graves, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, primary presenter for the nutrition workshop, is the Senior Director of Nutrition Services for Veritas Collaborative and has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Leah is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and has served on the Academy’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and was honored as a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders. Co-presenter is Laura Hill, PhD and CEO of The Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio. She is the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association 2011 Lori Irving Award and was a TEDx Columbus speaker in 2012.

Another critical challenge among those who suffer with eating disorders concerns the bi-lateral extremes of the exercise spectrum: over exercise and exercise resistance. In “Dealing with Over Exercise and Exercise Resistance While Integrating a Fueling and Mindful Movement Message,” presenters will outline a two-pronged approach to increasing movement utilizing mindful fashion as well as guided experiences on fueling. This session will show trauma-informed yoga and movement meditations to help integrate the body and mind through feelings- and sensations-based movement and review sport nutrition principles for fueling for gentle movement and exercise. A non-diet, intuitive eating and exercise approach in counseling also will be presented.

The presentation team includes lead presenter, Page Love, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist who operates a thriving private practice specializing in eating disorders, sports nutrition, and weight management in Atlanta. Love has served as a clinical dietitian for Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders, has run ANAD groups for 20 years and has served as a consultant to The Renfrew Center. She has developed materials for the NEDA and EDIN and has been published in the Renfrew Perspectives, International Journal of Sport Nutrition, and International Journal of Sport Science for Tennis Medicine.                

Co-presenter is Caroline Gebhardt, a registered yoga teacher and fitness educator, who teaches sustainable fitness and mindful movement. She created FLOW Training LLC and teaches mindful movement with body-based writing to integrate the mind, body and spirit.

About the iaedp™ Foundation: 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. The Presidents Council provides leadership to the organization and includes: Center for Change; Eating Recovery Center; Green Mountain at Fox Run; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.    

The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:
Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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