It’s Complicated! Navigating Biopsychosocial Considerations when Treating Binge Eating Disorder.
Join eating disorder expert and author Dr. Kari
Anderson, LPC, CEDS-S for a special iaedp
Binge Eating Disorder, not recognized until 2013 as an
eating disorder, and yet, the most prevalent of all the
eating disorders. Largely unrecognized ,misunderstood,
Dr. Anderson conceptualizes the biological,
psychological and social determinants of the disorder
which in turn, point us to the most effective treatment
strategies. Have we been approaching this disorder all
wrong? How is it similar or dissimilar to the other
eating disorders? The 6.5 hour workshop will inform,
but more importantly equip you with a treatment
model for immediate use with your clients.
The biopsychosocial model, originally developed by George L. Engel in 1977, drives the interdisciplinary framework for the treatment of eating disorders. For traditional low weight Anorexia Nervosa, the biological aspects of restoration are clear; stabilize acute medical diagnosis and follow with weight gain and nutrition therapy. Since 2013, when the DSM5 recognized Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as its own diagnosis, the biological aspects of treatment haven’t been as easy, especially for a client who lives in a higher weight body. Great controversy arose regarding the inclusion of BED, some felt it aligned more closely with food addiction while others had concerns that treatment for symptomatic obesity would go unaddressed. Most treatments today focus on the eating pathology and psychosocial aspects of the disorder but take a weight neutral approach to body size. Behavioral weight loss fails miserably in the long term and perpetuates weight stigma. We also know that weight related teasing from peers, family and cultural stigma aggravates the disorder. Food restriction evokes food insecurity and increases eating disorder pathology. Restrictive eating followed by binging looks very “food addictive”, yet it may be the intermittent gorging that prompts the habitual cycle. Intuitive eating has been the primary nutritional course, yet research now suggests that the biological mechanisms prompting cravings and food choices may be anything but intuitive. This session will discuss the implications of research regarding eating behavior involving neuroscience, gut microbiota and hormonal balance with consideration of equally impressive research on weight stigma, food insecurity and motivational aspects on a vulnerable binge eating population. Dr. Kari Anderson, CEDS-S tackles this very complicated treatment issue and has found some “middle ground” with her BED clients and outlines a treatment model that works. This workshop will help clinicians understand the implications of science in the treatment of binge eating, giving a practical and balanced approach to biopsychosocial driven care. All levels of experience are welcome, this inaugural event for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, International Chapter in Ireland will not disappoint.
List 3 biological processes that influence cravings for those with Binge Eating Disorder
Explain the biological, psychological and social consequences of restrictive eating
practices for those with Binge Eating Disorder.
Critique a weight neutral- wellness model of treatment for Binge Eating Disorder
designed to reduce cravings and promote mental and physcial health.
Binge Eating Disorder, not recognized until 2013 as an eating disorder, and yet, the most prevalent of all the eating disorders. Largely unrecognized, misunderstood, and undertreated.
Dr. Anderson conceptualizes the biological, psychological and social determinants of the disorder which in turn, point us to the most effective treatment strategies. Have we been approaching this disorder all wrong? How is it similar or dissimilar to the other eating disorders? The 6.5 hour workshop will inform, but more importantly equip you with a treatment model for immediate use with your clients.
Has positioned herself as a respected clinician and leader in the field of eating disorders. Her career spans over three decades of leading treatment teams in all levels of care, Kari has developed several treatment models, most recently for the treatment of binge eating.
Kari earned her Doctor of Behavioral Health with her research project _The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder_ at Arizona State University in 2012. Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored 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. _Her memior, _Food, Body and Love: but the greatest of these is love_ was released in 2021. This work digs deeper into the science behind effective treatment and uses a compassionate and embodied framework.
She is an adjunct faculty for the University of New Hampshire and trains graduate students in treatment methods for eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor (CEDS-S) and volunteers as the Certification Supervision Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
People suffering from an eating disorder are often referred to as “super-feelers” or as Highly Sensitive People. They experience the environment and other people’s emotions very intensely; they usually are super intelligent deep thinkers who become very aware of the problems in the world. This increased intensity of the inner experiences, anxiety, and deep empathy (feeling what others feel) coupled with our highly pressured world makes Highly Sensitive People more prone to eating disorders.