Two weeks ago I attended the International Conference on Eating Disorders, a conference sponsored by the Academy for Eating Disorders. My attendance at the annual conference allow me to stay up to date on the most recent advances in treatment and provide the best and most recent treatments in my practice. My involvement in the Academy allows me to connect with clinicians and researchers from all over the world and participate in AED committees and special interest groups. I also keep up to date through the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the AED listserve, and AED’s social media sites.
Highlights from the International Conference on Eating Disorders 2012
- Meeting and spending time with some of the major family and patient advocates, other FBT providers, and clinicians and researchers from around the world all coming together to improve treatment for patients suffering from eating disorders.
- The opportunity to meet and learn from some of the leading researchers in the area of eating disorders.
- Learning about the most recent and ongoing studies.
A synopsis of one of my favorite talks below:
Tidbits from Tim Walsh and his group at Columbia: A New Model for Understanding Anorexia Nervosa and Implications for Treatment
In anorexia, dieting begets weight loss which begets more dieting… why is dieting such a persistent behavior? Tim Walsh and his group believe that operant conditioning, which is implicated in habit formation, offers an explanation.