Treating Eating Disorders - RD130

Treating Eating Disorders

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD
(4.5 / 122 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)

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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:

  1. Understand the seriousness of any eating disorder Ð medical, physical, psychological, social, financial, etc.
  2. Identify the diagnostic criteria of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder
  3. List at least ten warning signs of eating disorders.
  4. Identify the multifactorial risk factors of developing an eating disorder.
  5. Understand the necessary training/experience of the Registered Dietitian working with eating disordered patients.
  6. Describe the role of each interdisciplinary team member in the treatment / management of eating disorders.
  7. Explain the primary goal of eating disorder treatment.
  8. Define the components of the initial assessment for the individual with an eating disorder.
  9. List the criteria for inpatient treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
  10. Describe the potential complications of refeeding.
  11. Define the benefits of a formalized meal plan as being a part of the eating disorder individual's treatment plan.
  12. List the necessary components of nutrition education.
  13. Explain the rationale for obtaining biomedical stability before initiating aggressive refeeding in the anorexic patient.
  14. Describe the difference between males and females in terms of risk factors, symptom presentation, and treatment of anorexia nervosa.
  15. Identify the unique needs of children and adolescents during the treatment process.
  16. Explain the role of cognitive behavioral treatment in the treatment of eating disorders.
  17. Identify the characteristics of the athlete's lifestyle that increase the potential of the development of eating disorders.
  18. Understand how societal influence has contributed to "acceptance" of eating disorders.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, 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.
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 codes of 3030, 4060, 5200, 5320, 5370, 5390, 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).

Course Originally Released on: 9/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/30/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018

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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Marcia D - Williamsburg, VA  ·  May 02, 2018
Nice overview of ED and how to treat differing disorders
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Jennifer H - Black Creek, WI  ·  Apr 23, 2018
great summarization; good information
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TERRY W - Dallas, TX  ·  Mar 20, 2018
Very informative. Possibly could have been more concise.
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Kathy G - Memphis, TN  ·  Jan 20, 2018
This course helped me gain a lot more education around eating disorders.
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Courtney E - Farmington, MN  ·  Nov 07, 2017
Very thorough and great information to refer back to.
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