ANAD Webinars

ANAD webinars provide professional insight on a range of topics relating to eating disorders and body image, including telehealth, weight stigma, and gender-inclusive care.

The Weight of Stigma in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presented by Aaron Flores, RDN, Judith Matz, LCSW, and Lisa Erlanger, MD

As clinicians, we use our skills to help clients heal from eating disorders. At the same time, we exist in a culture where diet talk is normative and weight stigma prevails. Each of us has an obligation to become aware of our own internalized weight bias because even with the best of intentions, these types of thoughts, behaviors and assumptions impact the way we treat clients. In this plenary panel, you’ll hear from a doctor, therapist and dietitian about the many ways that weight stigma creates obstacles, and even harms people with eating disorders. Through presentations and conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to consider steps to reduce weight stigma in your practice and/or organization as well as beyond the clinical setting.

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A Guide to the Guys: Treating Men with Eating Disorders

Presented by Brad E. R. Smith, MD

Although thought of as a predominantly “female” problem, eating disorders affect a surprisingly high number of men. The aim of our presentation is to provide clinicians with guidance in the treatment of men with eating disorders throughout the lifespan. We will review the unique features of eating disorder presentations in men compared to women, such as the heightened incidence of binge eating and extreme forms of exercise, that have been recently uncovered in a comprehensive study of over 1000 clients with eating disorders. These unique features of eating disorders in men will be used to describe several evidence-based treatment strategies that have shown to produce significant symptom relief in male clients, such as gradual inclusion of avoided foods into one’s diet as well as progressive reintegration into important life activities (e.g., moderate exercise, increased social connectivity). We will utilize a variety of case examples from our own practice to bring these unique treatment strategies to life.

Gender-Inclusive Residential Treatment: Breaking the Treatment Binary

Presented by Emmy Johnson, MSW, LCSWA

In the past few years, research has started to catch up to what so many folks already knew: transgender individuals are much more likely than cisgender individuals to experience an eating disorder. Despite this, competent care for transgender people remains a challenge to find in the eating disorder field. This presentation will discuss prevalence of eating disorders across diagnoses and the gender spectrum, the unique expressions of eating disorders within the transgender population, what goes into creating an inclusive environment for individuals of all genders and gender presentations, and ways eating disorder treatment needs to move forward. We will also explore some of the most challenging aspects of eating disorder care for transgender individuals, for example: untangling the web of gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia.

Finding Hope in Telling Our Stories: Understanding the Intersection of Discrimination and Shame in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in People of Color and LGBTQ+ Communities

Presented by Norman Kim, PhD

People from ethnic minority groups and those in LGBTQ+ communities suffer from eating disorders at similar or higher rates than in the general population. People from these communities must often also grapple with additional stigma and marginalization, resulting in a multiple dose of shame and reasons for experiencing self-hatred. Among other risk factors, a history of macro- and micro-aggressions, discrimination and marginalization, and the well-documented confluence of stressors associated with minority status puts people from these communities at particularly high risk for the development of disordered eating behaviors and their attendant consequences.

Despite the seriousness and lethal nature of eating disorders for all those affected, there remains a tremendous disparity in mental health services utilization among those from marginalized and minority groups. People from these groups are under-identified by professionals and tend to receive and utilize treatment for eating disorders at significantly lower rates. These disparities reflect a profound need for culturally competent assessment and treatment services for members of marginalized communities who are struggling with eating disorders.

Cultural competency among care providers is crucial in providing effective treatment in both medical and mental health settings, and has particular salience in the context of illnesses as complex and multifaceted as eating disorders. It is essential for therapists, dietitians, physicians, nurses, and other allied professionals to possess cultural knowledge and be able to apply such cultural understanding to assessment and delivery of interventions and therapies as a fundamental aspect of overall clinical competence.

Telehealth Interventions for Eating Disorders: Do They Really Work?

Presented by Casey Tallent, PhD and Jenna Tregarthen

Meeting the needs of a wide patient population requires innovative strategies and service delivery models. Telehealth interventions have shown success in providing high-quality and ethical care to patients with eating disorders. This presentation will review outcomes data from virtual eating disorders treatment services over the past three years. Presenters will discuss research findings & patient and caregiver feedback. Participants will gain valuable perspectives on the efficacy of virtual services and how these services can be delivered and utilized with quality and integrity.

LGBTQ+ Identity & Eating Disorder Recovery

Presented by Dr. Julia Sadusky

This presentation will provide foundational information to those seeking to better understand the experience of LGBTQ+ people who are navigating eating disorder recovery. The presenter will provide information regarding the current trends in eating disorder care for LGBTQ+ people, as well as treatment challenges, and factors to consider in this work. Finally, case studies will be utilized to help individuals appreciate the complexities within this work, and the importance of attending to the intersection of diversity variables and eating disorders.

Use Grit to Achieve Your Goals: An Eating Disorder Pioneer’s Steps to 30+ Years of Full Recovery

Presented by Caroline Miller, MAPP

For three decades, Caroline has been a pioneer with her groundbreaking work in the areas of goal setting, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth. Caroline has firsthand experience achieving hard goals—she used “grit” to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery.

In this webinar recording, Caroline draws upon her own experience, as well as her professional research on positive psychology, to share her keys to eating disorder recovery. Through her stories and examples, webinar viewers will learn how to use grit to overcome eating disorder recovery setbacks. Participants will also learn how to use evidence-backed strategies for sustainable eating disorder recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

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