184. Dieting Dilemma: The Interrelationship Between Obesity Treatment and Disordered Eating

Monday, October 28
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Hall C
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149531

Explore the causes, prevention and treatment options for both obesity and eating disorders throughout the lifecycle in this session. While prevention of obesity and eating disorders is highly preferable to remediation, both exist in the childhood and adolescent period and should be addressed before the disorders become entrenched and serious, chronic problems occur in later adulthood. Effective treatments for individuals living with obesity necessitate a multidisciplinary approach to treatment where family involvement is deemed essential. Clinicians and RDNs need advanced knowledge and skills to assess a client’s signs and symptoms related to eating and weight problems and, in turn, implement evidence-based treatment options that are individualized to meet their client’s needs. This session will offer a deep dive into the current practice guidelines for weight management and their outcomes as they relate to long-term behavior change and incidence of eating disturbances.

Planned with the Weight Management DPG

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the science on the interrelatedness of obesity and disordered eating behaviors, specific to whether weight management influences the likelihood of eating disorders.
  • Explore weight management treatment options for individuals with obesity that offer responsible weight loss goals and a behavior based lifestyle approach.
  • Identify opportunities for the RDN in screening individuals for disordered eating behaviors and recommending appropriate treatment options.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5370 Weight management, obesity (disease/disorder)
  • 5200 Disordered eating (disease/disorder)
  • 6020 Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills

Performance Indicator:

  • 3.1.3 Takes initiative to facilitate change.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 9.1.1 Demonstrates and applies age-appropriate education principles.


  • Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND

    Nutrition and Healthcare Consultant

    Self- Employed

  • Speaker(s)

  • Denise Wilfley, PhD

    Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychological & Brain Sciences and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness at the Washington University School of Medicine

    Washington University School of Medicine

  • Leah Graves, RDN LDN CEDRD FAED

    Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services, Veritas Collaborative

    Veritas Collaborative