Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Webinar by David Wiss MS RDN and Kortney Parman RN RD
A growing number of adolescents and adults are dissatisfied, preoccupied – even impaired by concerns about their physical appearance. While traditionally associated with young females, eating disorders are now being detected across the entire age and gender spectrums. Special, or non-traditional, populations include children, middle and older aged adults, pregnant women, minority populations, the LGBTQ community, recipients of bariatric surgery, and men. Specifically, the diagnosis of eating disorders in males is on the rise, particularly related to a psychiatric condition identified within the last 20 years known as muscle dysmorphia – a disturbance of self-perception in which individuals are obsessively preoccupied with the belief they are insufficiently muscular. Mental health professionals are likely to see an increase in disordered eating in less suspected populations, and better assessment tools are needed for screening and detecting these disorders. As we now know that eating disorders do not discriminate, more research is needed to ensure that treatment services do not discriminate either.
1. Webinar participants will be more aware of how eating disorders affect non-traditional populations and demonstrate a greater understanding of how to participate in their treatment in a culturally competent manner.
2. Webinar participants will be able to explain the relationship between body dysmorphia and eating disorders and describe the unique ways that men are affected by each condition.
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