Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Free Webinar on Orthorexia Nervosa - available for viewing now!

Juliet Zuercher, RD, Nutrition Coordinator at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, presented “Orthorexia Nervosa: Healthy Living Gone Awry” on Sept. 21 for behavioral and mental health professionals around the world. Eating a healthy diet today can be challenging for many people, given the vast food choices available in our country and often contradictory information online and in the media.

Certain individuals, in pursuit of health, can become lost in the maze of nutrition information and inadvertently turn healthy nutrition into a harmful obsession. Although Orthorexia Nervosa is not a recognized eating disorder in the DSM-IV, the consequences of this behavior can mirror the  severity of other eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. The third in a series of four webinars offered by Timberline Knolls and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) in 2011, this presentation describes the etiology of orthorexia as well as common causes. Various treatment approaches are discussed including common pitfalls that professionals can fall into when working with this population.

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