Revised September 2011! Societal pressure to be fashion-model thin and our increasing preoccupation with obesity have 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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the seriousness of any eating disorder Ð medical, physical, psychological, social, financial, etc.
- Identify the diagnostic criteria of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder
- List at least ten warning signs of eating disorders.
- Identify the multifactorial risk factors of developing an eating disorder.
- Understand the necessary training/experience of the Registered Dietitian working with eating disordered patients.
- Describe the role of each interdisciplinary team member in the treatment / management of eating disorders.
- Explain the primary goal of eating disorder treatment.
- Define the components of the initial assessment for the individual with an eating disorder.
- List the criteria for inpatient treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
- Describe the potential complications of refeeding.
- Define the benefits of a formalized meal plan as being a part of the eating disorder individual's treatment plan.
- List the necessary components of nutrition education.
- Explain the rationale for obtaining biomedical stability before initiating aggressive refeeding in the anorexic patient.
- Describe the difference between males and females in terms of risk factors, symptom presentation, and treatment of anorexia nervosa.
- Identify the unique needs of children and adolescents during the treatment process.
- Explain the role of cognitive behavioral treatment in the treatment of eating disorders.
- Identify the characteristics of the athlete's lifestyle that increase the potential of the development of eating disorders.
- Understand how societal influence has contributed to "acceptance" of eating disorders.
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Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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