Eating Disorders - RD02

Eating Disorders

The Dietitian’s Role in Their Treatment

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD
(4.4 / 286 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
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Working with people who have an eating disorder is difficult. An eating disorder is a psychological problem manifested through food and eating, necessitating different approaches when working with clients. People with eating disorders have severe disturbances in eating behavior or excessive concern about body shape or weight. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition includes changes to some of the criteria for eating disorders as well as new criteria. Given the multifactorial nature of eating disorders, treatment requires an experienced interdisciplinary team that includes dietitians. Depending on the severity of the illness, treatment may be provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, with varying levels of intensity. Unfortunately, recovery rates are low. Dietitians need to know how to diagnose eating disorders and develop a treatment plan that works.


The goal of this eating disorder continuing education program is to provide dietitians with information about the definitions, prevalence and treatment of eating disorders. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Understand the different types of eating disorders and their respective diagnostic criteria
  • Discuss the importance of a team approach to eating disorder treatment and clarify the dietitian’s role within the medical team
  • Identify treatment priorities when planning the nutritional management of eating disorders

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for nutrition professionals.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning code of 5200 and performance indicator of 8.1.5.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 4/7/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/12/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/12/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Fareen M - plano, TX  ·  Feb 07, 2017
learned a lot. good lecture overall.
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Millicent M - Memphis, TN  ·  Jan 04, 2017
Liked the summary plus the inclusion of new diagnoses criteria for DSM 5
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Jill D - Eagan, MN  ·  Jan 03, 2017
Very informative, excellent course.
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Ashlee O - Tallahassee, FL  ·  Dec 31, 2016
Best suited for professionals who have not worked with the eating disorder population and could benefit from more generalized information.
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Christina V - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Nov 30, 2016
Great overview and very interesting.
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