DMNT Spotlight Session - When Food Hurts: The Crossroads of Gastrointestinal and Eating Disorders
Planned with the Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy Dietetic Practice Group
Date / Time: Sunday, October 18, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Central Time)
Session speakers include Janelle Smith, MS, RDN, CEDRD - past DIGID Chair and Kelli Rugless, PsyD. Moderated by Michelle Elkadi, MS, RDN, LDN - current DMNT Chair
A disordered relationship with food frequently occurs in individuals who experience negative gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms from eating, while up to 75% of individuals with eating disorders meet criteria for functional gut disorders. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are increased in the GI patient population, and a newly categorized feeding disorder avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is now being investigated in adults and children with GI disorders. In this session, participants will learn how to identify eating disorders and disordered eating patterns in individuals with GI disorders and identify how they present in non-psychiatric settings. They will be able to differentiate between GI symptoms that result from disordered eating and those that are not related. They will also gain both medical nutrition therapy and counseling skills in order to treat these difficult co-occurring disorders, including weight restoration, food exposure, and motivational interviewing.