Trauma and Food Addiction Interview

In this interview with Molly Painschab and Clarissa Kennedy from the Food Junkies Podcast, David Wiss MS RDN discusses the importance of understanding the impact of early life adversity on eating behavior.  This interview aired on the Food Addiction Summit 2021 and is now available to you!!! It’s juicy.

David recorded two previous podcasts with this incredible team, one on Weight Bias and one on the split between eating disorder and food addiction camps. This particular interview focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the available data showing how such adversity can become biologically embedded. This conversation summarizes David’s doctoral work focusing on the link between ACEs and mental health outcomes. The key takeaway is that trauma might be able to bridge the gap between the eating disorder and food addiction worlds. Trauma necessitates a biopsychosocial approach which bridges biology, psychology, and social/environmental disciplines.

We need to think about how trauma plays out in one’s relationship to food. Learn about trauma-informed nutrition from the expert! Check out a full webinar on Trauma-Informed Nutrition Therapy which aired through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So much more on this topic coming soon!

David became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in the treatment of eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his PhD from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. His website Wise Mind Nutrition offers a fully online interactive treatment program that will be available in the Summer of 2022.

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