Plant-Based Eating Disorder Treatment from Residential to Outpatient Care
As the practice of veganism (the #1 health trend in the last several years) continues to expand, so does the controversy around treating these clients within the eating disorder community, as clinicians confront the limited and conflicting research on the validity of plant-based nutrition in the treatment of eating disorders and face the difficulty of navigating treatment through all levels of care without enabling the eating disorder. This interview-style presentation will provide an update from the eating disorder treatment trenches through the RDN perspective for both the residential and intensive outpatient levels of care. Whether veganism exists alongside or is enmeshed within an eating disorder, we will share clinical discoveries, a new assessment tool, and lessons our clients teach us as we walk with our clients effectively and ethically toward full recovery.
- Analyze the conflicting messages within historical research on plant-based diets and eating disorders to current studies comparing veganism and orthorexia.
- Describe lessons learned from the treatment of vegan clients with eating disorders using case studies to guide the conversation, comparing differences and similarities between the residential and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Explain a new clinical assessment tool for identifying underlying motives to help discern if or how eating disorder beliefs overlap with veganism.
- 4.2.7 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
- 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.
- 8.2.3 Implements individualized services to reflect customer-centered approach as it pertains to the customers physical, social, cultural, institutional and economic environment.
Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD, LD
Vice President, Clinical Nutrition Services
Alsana Eating Recovery Communities
Melainie Rogers, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S
Founder and CEO
BALANCE eating disorder treatment center