BHN Webinar DEFANG – Disordered Eating Food Addiction Nutrition Guide

David Wiss has been actively involved with the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group ever since he has been a dietitian. His first webinar “Nutrition Interventions for Addiction Recovery: The Role of the Dietitian in Substance Abuse Treatment” in 2013 was a huge success. Since that time that presentation has been updated several times and given all across the country. See the latest version HERE. 2017 will be the year of the #DEFANG!
This new webinar is titled: “Incorporating Food Addiction into Disordered Eating: The Disordered Eating Food Addiction Nutrition Guide (DEFANG)” and will take place on Wednesday December 14th at 9am PST. Register for the webinar HERE. This information was originally presented as a poster at the International Conference on Eating Disorders but has since been updated. The article is currently in press through the journal Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.

DEFANG Synopsis

Although not formally recognized by the DSM-5, food addiction (FA) has been well described in the scientific literature. FA has emerged as a clinical entity that is recognized within the spectrum of disordered eating, particularly in patients with bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and/or co-occurring addictive disorders and obesity. Integrating the concept of FA into the scope of disordered eating has been challenging for ED treatment professionals since there is no well-accepted treatment model. The confusion surrounding the implications of FA, as well as the impact of the contemporary Westernized diet, may contribute to poor treatment outcomes. The purpose of this review is twofold. The first is to briefly explore the relationships between EDs and addictions, and the second is to propose a new model of conceptualizing and treating EDs that incorporates recent data on FA. Since treatment for EDs should vary based on individual assessment and diagnosis, the Disordered Eating Food Addiction Nutrition Guide (DEFANG) is presented as a tool for framing treatment goals and helping patients achieve sustainable recovery.
After the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the relationship between eating disorders and addictions.
After the presentation, attendees will be able to identify neurobiological advances in the field of food addiction.
After the presentation, attendees will be able to incorporate recent data into eating disorder treatment by using the DEFANG.

What Else is Going on at Nutrition in Recovery?

Mr. Wiss will be presenting “Nutrition Therapy for the Addicted Brain” to the dietitians in the San Diego District Saturday December 10th at 10:00am. This 2-hour presentation will summarize the latest information available that links nutrition and addiction.
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Dr. David Wiss became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in treating 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 Ph.D. 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. Wise Mind Nutrition is an app-based interactive treatment program available for download now -

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