To kick off National Eating Disorder Awareness week, our Founder & Executive Director Melainie Rogers, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD will be doing a breakfast seminar on Orthorexia.
Clean eating, juicing, fasting, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, pure eating, paleo, low-carb, soy-free, organic... we reside in a "diet culture" that promotes weight loss and "healthy eating" on every magazine cover and social media website. We live in a society in which we are bombarded with media images of perfection when it comes to standards of beauty and the ideal body. While the concept of healthy eating has been around for decades, fad diets and the emphasis on achieving perfect health is on the rise. The term Orthorexia was created by Dr. Steven Bratman and translates as "fixation on righteous eating". The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines Orthorexia as an unhealthy fixation on eating healthy or "pure" foods. This disorder is typically characterized by an extreme preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be harmful or unwholesome. Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become consumed with the notion of achieving perfection and purity in their eating habits. Eventually, this obsession with healthy eating can progress to the point of impairment to one's mental and physical well-being.
This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of orthorexia and it's role in the spectrum of eating disorders. The presentation will include the origins of orthorexia and who may be most at risk, its diagnostic manifestation and symptomology, cultural influences of the condition and considerations in the treatment of orthorexia.
This is an essential subject for healthcare professionals. We hope you will join us for this informative presentation and interactive discussion!
Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018 from 8:30-10:30 am
Where: BALANCE eating disorder treatment center (112 w 27th St. 7th Floor, Suite 700)
RSVP: Call or email to reserve a place: 212-645-6903 firstname.lastname@example.org