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What do you see when you look in the mirror? What effects your body image? Join body image advocate and media literacy educator, Melanie Klein, and Photoshop professional, Roy A. Cui, for an insightful and surprising look at the way the digitally altered images that flood our media landscape shape our standards of beauty and impact our body image. Klein examines the historical changes in the kinds of media messages we're currently exposed to as well as the difference in sheer volume - and why these changes matter. The conversation includes a critical look at the advertising industry, the social construction of beauty standards and how the reflection in the mirror is impacted by our cultural environment. Cui peels back the curtain on beauty and reveals the carefully crafted illusion created by marketing forces through a live demonstration on how a print image is retouched. Together, Klein and Cui, provide the education, insight and experience to understand and challenge mainstream images of beauty that have been carefully manipulated and impact our self-esteem and sense of value. Recorded live on Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Neurobiology & Disordered Eating: How our brains guide our forks
Emerging neurobiological science is revealing a clearer understanding of the interaction between brain circuitry and disordered eating. Our food selection is heavily influenced by how our brain perceives the need for fuel and our eating experiences. Scott Moseman, MD and Leah Graves, RD, LD, FAED will provide a basic understanding of this new science and how it may be applied to the nutrition care process. Recorded live on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Although research is scarce, increasing numbers of midlife and older women are seeking eating disorders treatment, despite prevailing beliefs that they only affect the young. Body satisfaction used to increase with age, but today 65 percent of midlife women express significant body distress and weight preoccupation, threatening the health, well-being and status of women across the globe. Many adult women hide their disorder effectively; others may have years of semi-recovery or subclinical symptoms, with the multiple stressors and transitions of midlife triggering relapse. Ashamed, embarrassed, and ambivalent about seeking help, midlife women have more obstacles to treatment due to other responsibilities and commitments. Motivation for recovery is also more complex, as midlife women bring increased knowledge from life experiences and long to release themselves from their eating disorder identity. This presentation explores the Relational Cultural Theory model of growth fostering relationships and mutuality as keys to recovery for adult women. RCT understands eating disorders as strategies of disconnection resulting in chronic isolation from meaningful engagement with themselves, their body’s needs, and their relationships. Many adults come into therapy acknowledging their eating disorder no longer works for them, but doubt they can recover after decades of suffering or poor response to other treatments. RCT examines the meaning and function of the ED through the lens of these adult relationships, distinct from the objectification of the medical model. The concept of fluid expertise values that both client and clinician bring wisdom and knowledge to build upon mutual understanding of these disorders and create new pathways towards recovery. Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, and Karen Samuels, PhD, FAED, who have both written extensively on this issue, will be joined by Denise Folcik, who has recovered after 2 decades of bulima, to assure a rich discussion of the unique clinical issues and needs of adult women, with ample time for audience involvement and discussion. Recorded live on Thursday, February 20, 2014
Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community
This free online webinar led by Chase Banister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS and Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer of Veritas Collaborative Treatment Center will explore how sexuality and/or gender identity can impact eating disorder development, treatment and recovery. Learn about the intersections of sexuality, gender identity, and eating disorders; how societal stigma and discrimination contribute to eating disorder behaviors among sexual and gender minorities; specific barriers that present for the LGBTQ community when seeking and participating in treatment; as well as the unique challenges faced in recovery. Ryan Sallans and Troy Roness will share their personal insight and story of recovery as a member of the LGBTQ community. All are welcome! Recorded live on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Carolyn Jennings has experienced and witnessed how shame and stress proliferate around eating disorders, and knows how supporting a loved one through the treatment and recovery process can be stressful and feel overwhelming at times. Those in recovery and family and friends are invited to face these challenging feelings in new and creative ways in this hands-on writing webinar. The webinar will inform about the mental and physical health benefits of writing and provide a new view of difficult emotions, an experience of creativity that can lead to insight and empowerment, and tools at your fingertips for future self-care. The writing methods are fast, fresh and fun. In a shelter of acceptance and safety, Carolyn guides participants through Journal to the Self® techniques, which add color, perspective and dimension to reflective writing. Recorded live on Thursday, February 6, 2014
Note about this webinar: This is an exercise intended to provide additional tools for self-care. It is not in any way to be construed as a substitute for therapy. We hope you find the writing experience enjoyable and beneficial.
2014 NEDAwareness Week Volunteer Speaker Training
Interested in becoming a volunteer speaker at a 2014 NEDAwareness Week Event? Already signed-up to be a speaker? Join us for this fun and informative webinar presented by Jenni Schaefer, singer/songwriter, international speaker, NEDA Ambassador Council Chair and bestselling author of Life Without Ed and Ilene Fishman, LCSW, eating disorder treatment specialist, member of the NEDA Board of Directors and clinical advisor to the NEDA Navigators Program, NEDA's Loss Support Network and NEDA Support Groups. This webinar will cover key messages of NEDAwareness Week, contents of official NEDAwareness Week presentations, guidelines on how to share your personal story, how to handle questions from the audience or media and setting boundaries to care for yourself. We will also facilitate a group discussion and role-plays, time permitting. Please note: If you are registered as a 2014 NEDAwareness Week volunteer speaker, this webinar is required to attend or view before speaking. Recorded live on Monday, January 6, 2014
Eating Disorders in African American Communities
Eating Disorders are “not just a white girl’s disease”. This free online webinar will focus on eating disorders and body image concerns in the African American community. Dr. Gayle Brooks will present the growing body of research which suggests that African Americans are not immune to developing eating disorders and in some cases may be more vulnerable. Dr. Brooks will discuss some of the risk and protective factors specific to African Americans, cultural factors related to body image dissatisfaction as well as considerations for addressing possible barriers in the treatment of African Americans. Special guests, Gwen Vann and Benjamin O’Keefe, will share their personal experiences and insights as African Americans in recovery from an eating disorder. Come join us for an interactive discussion. Recorded live on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
For those who struggle with poor body image or eating disorders, pregnancy and parenthood are complicated topics that can raise some very deep questions: What are the medical issues surrounding eating disorders and pregnancy? How will I feel about my changing body? How will I cope with the focus on my diet and my weight during pregnancy and beyond? How can I model body confidence and healthy eating for my child? In this webinar, Claire Mysko (body image expert and co-author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?) and Lesley Williams, MD (Director of Primary Care and Nutrition, Remuda Ranch) will help participants delve deeper into these questions and many others. They’ll offer concrete tools and strategies for:
-Creating a support system
-Choosing sensitive, educated prenatal and postpartum healthcare providers Engaging your partner and loved ones in supporting your healthy body image
-Looking critically at media messages glorifying “baby bumps” and “post-baby bodies”
-Understanding the common triggers of pregnancy and new parenthood
-Getting a healthy perspective on pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss
Recorded live on Thursday, November 21, 2013
Éste seminario por internet gratis dirigido en español será presentado por Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Director Ejecutivo de Medicina en el Centro de Recuperación Alimentario en Denver, Colorado. Temas presentados serán distintos tipos de desórdenes alimentarios y sus síntomas y consecuencias a la salud; factores que contribuyen y dificultades que pueden ocurrir cuando se busca ayuda; y estadísticas e información específica de desórdenes alimentarios en la comunidad latina. Visita especial, Anahi Ortega, hablará sobre su experiencia personal siendo una mexicana americana y dará consejos para ayudar con la recuperación de un desorden alimentario. ¡Venga y participe en una discusión en español!
This free online webinar conducted in Spanish will be led by Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Chief Medical Officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. Topics covered, with emphasis on the cultural context of Latino communities, will include the different types of eating disorders; symptoms and health consequences; contributing factors and barriers to care; and treatment options and levels of care. Special guest, Anahi Ortega, will share her personal experiences and insights as a Mexican American in recovery from an eating disorder. Come join us for an interactive discussion in Spanish! Recorded live on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Eating disorders are on the rise both in the general and athletic population. Kate Bennett, PsyD, a clinical sport psychologist and primary therapist at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, draws from current literature in addition to her clinical expertise and athletic experience to help others understand the unique considerations of working with athletes and eating disorders. She provides a practical approach for the assessment and treatment of athletes while exploring the influences of sport culture on the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Additionally, Dr. Bennett distinguishes between athletic pursuit and unhealthy exercise as well as addresses sport participation during treatment. Joining the conversation is NEDA Ambassador, Olympic silver medalist and 7 time US National Champion, Dotsie Bausch. While Bausch has scored major victories on the bike, perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders, which threatened to take her life over a decade ago after a promising modeling career in New York City. It was during her recovery that she discovered her passion for cycling. Dotsie will share her personal story and insight on recovering from an eating disorder and how cycling became part of her healing process while on the road to recovery. Recorded live on Thursday, August 29th, 2013.
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Its management focuses on the relationship between blood sugar, insulin, and food. This may contribute to why individuals with type 1 diabetes have close to 2.5 times the risk of developing an eating disorder than those without diabetes. Many individuals with eating disorders and diabetes restrict medically necessary insulin doses as a powerful and dangerous calorie purge unique to diabetes. Insulin restriction is associated with an earlier onset of diabetes complications such as eye, kidney, and nerve damage as well as an increased risk of mortality. This free online webinar will focus on the complex combination of eating disorders and diabetes. Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri, psychologist at Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has published research on this topic and was involved in creating consensus treatment guidelines for this dual diagnosis. She will present a review of what is known about the problem with a focus on treatment strategies and common challenges. Asha Brown has had type 1 diabetes since the age of five years old and is recovered from an eating disorder. She is the Founder of “We Are Diabetes,” a non-profit organization devoted to providing support for type 1 diabetics who struggle with an eating disorder. Asha will provide her personal story and insight on recovering from diabulimia.
Recorded live on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013.
While 1 in 200 U.S. adults have experienced full-blown anorexia nervosa, at least 1 in 20 (1 in 10 teen girls) have exhibited some of the key symptoms. Many silently endure the effects of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, but most never address the issue because they don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria. These individuals, suffering immensely, often feel invalidated when they are labeled with an acronym like EDNOS (DSM-IV) or OSFED(DSM-5). Jennifer Thomas, a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on subthreshold eating disorders, and Jenni Schaefer, an author who is recovered from an eating disorder herself, call this once overlooked category "almost anorexic," which is also the title of their new book in Harvard Medical's School's The Almost Effect series. Combining the latest research and clinical wisdom with inspiring recovery stories, including family member, Nancy Quetti, this webinar will provide practical guidance on how to support those who struggle with subclinical eating disorders, which are just as impairing, dangerous, and deserving of help as their officially recognized counterparts. Recorded live on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
This free online webinar led by DSM-5 committee members, Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, Dr. Evelyn Attia and Dr. Steven Wonderlich, will help families and individuals affected by eating disorders understand the changes in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), due for publication in May 2013. Topics in this webinar discussion include:
- Changes to naming of specific eating disorders
- Changes to specific diagnostic criteria including the new recognition of binge eating disorder, criteria for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
- Changes to the EDNOS category
- Implications of these categorical and criteria changes on treatment and insurance issues
Note: Due to a technical issue, the beginning of this webinar containing the introductions and biographies of the doctors did not record. To learn more about Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, Dr. Evelyn Attia and Dr. Stephen Wonderlich, please click here.
Recorded live on Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Dr. Joel Jahraus, Medical Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers in Florida, has two decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders and will lead this free online webinar discussing the medical complications impacting those who struggle. Topics will include common presentations of medical complications, evaluation and treatment as well as the relationship of specific eating disorder symptoms to the development of medical complications. Dr. Jahraus will discuss what to expect and ask for from your medical doctor for parents and those personally affected, and explain how medical issues are integrated within the treatment team. All are welcome!
Recorded live on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
This free online webinar led by Dr. Sarah R. Roer will explore the many facets of eating disorders and their potential relationship to Judaism and the Jewish culture. This webinar will also discuss both empirical relationship and anecdotal relationships between the two and seek to understand the role that the religion of Judaism, historically and in current practice, may protect against or promote eating disorder behaviors. It will also look at practical techniques for understanding how to treat clients within the Jewish community, seeking to understand and minimize any potential cultural barriers that one may encounter. Temimah Zucker will join the conversation, sharing her personal experiences and insights as a member of the Jewish community in recovery from an eating disorder. All are welcome! Recorded live on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Dr. Angela Celio Doyle, Co-Director of the Eating and Weight Disorders Center of Seattle, will lead this free online webinar on Family-Based Treatment (FBT), an evidence based therapy for treating adolescents with eating disorders known as the Maudsley approach. Dr. Doyle will discuss fundamental assumptions of FBT and provide an overview of the FBT model. Rina Ranalli, whose daughter was successfully treated using the Maudsley approach, will share insights into some of the most challenging aspects of treatment and recovery as well as strategies for making FBT work. This webinar is geared toward families, but will be helpful to clinicians as well. Come join us for an interactive discussion. Recorded live on Friday, April 5th, 2013
Recovery from an Eating Disorder: What Does Real Recovery Look Like?
This animated webinar, presented by PBS's This Emotional Life, is an insightful discussion on the topic of recovery from an eating disorder. Hear from three panelists who are in recovery. Listen as Ovidio Bermudez, MD discusses what the road to recovery looks like from an expert's point of view. Moderated by NEDA President/CEO Lynn Grefe.