Food as Medicine
Public Health and Wellness
329. A Deeper Understanding: The Intersection of Disordered Eating and the Science of Emotion
Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Session Level 3 - Advanced
Clinicians and researchers in the fields of psychology and nutrition have long been aware that there is more to the story of understanding our relationship with food, exercise and care of our bodies. Decades of research in emotion science point to evidence that extreme or unhealthy eating, exercise or body management behaviors often develop, and are maintained, due to difficulties with accepting and tolerating difficult emotions. The goal of this presentation is to educate and empower dietitians to utilize what emotion science has to offer to enhance the vital work they do as nutritional therapists treating complex eating disorders. Having a shared understanding, language and interventions that can be used with consistency by all disciplines in the treatment team will only enhance the potency of treatment overall. Through lecture and experiential demonstration, this session will illustrate the practical application of emotion exposure principles with nutrition therapy.
- Explain the unifying conceptualization of eating disorders as emotional disorders.
- identify three food or eating-related avoidance or emotion-driven behaviors and list an appropriate intervention strategy for each.
- Describe two emotion and affect tolerance building interventions that can be implemented by dietitians as part of nutrition therapy for eating disorders
Learning Need Codes:
- 5200 - Disordered eating (disease/disorder)
- 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques
- 8130 - Sensory perception and evaluation of food and ingredients