Treating Eating Disorders - RD130

Treating Eating Disorders

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD and Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
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This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)


Societal pressure to be fashion-model thin and our increasing preoccupation with obesity has helped cause as many as 8 million Americans to develop clinical eating disorders. Many of them are adolescent females, for whom nutritional deprivation during the growth years can have severe and lasting consequences. Surprisingly, older people and athletes are also at risk. This comprehensive course focuses on diagnosis and treatment, with emphasis on assessment techniques, counseling strategies and nutritional interventions.  


The goal of this course is to provide clinicians information on the seriousness of eating disorders to increase their ability to recognize the symptoms to initiate interventions.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  •  Compare prevalence rates and risk factors of the three main types of eating disorders; anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED).
  • Identify the DSM -5 diagnostic criteria of AN, BN, BED, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).
  • Define orthorexia nervosa.
  • Describe the role of each interdisciplinary team member in the treatment / management of eating disorders.
  • List criteria for recommending inpatient treatment and enteral and/or parenteral nutrition.
  • List the four steps of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and the purpose of each step.
  • List five pieces of information collected during a nutrition assessment.
  • Calculate a person’s ideal body weight (IBW), body mass index (BMI), and daily calorie needs using the appropriate equations.
  • Identify the three components of a nutrition diagnosis statement.
  • Provide an example of a nutrition intervention for each of the following categories: food and/or nutrient delivery, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and coordination of nutrition care.
  • Explain the potential complications of refeeding syndrome and how it can be prevented.
  • Identify the unique needs of special populations during the treatment process.
  • Compare the various types of psychotherapies and alternative therapies used to treat eating disorders and the psychotropic medications used to treat eating disorders.
  • List four types of expressive therapy.
  • List four signs each of recovery and relapse.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, NDTR's, health educators, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3030, 5320, 5370, 6020 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 8.1.5, 10.2.4, 10.2.7. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.