Hormone Health & Eating Disorders
A primer on clinical & counseling essentials for dietitians
Starts November 1st | Self-Paced | 9 Part Series | 100% Online
Included in this Course
An exploration of some of the many hormones and systems impacted by eating disorders, stress, weight stigma, thyroid health and aging
Education specific to a weight-inclusive approach to hormone health
How providers can steer the recovery process toward full body health-including hormone health
This session will walk you through the endocrine system and the
organs involved; highlight the hormones produced by the thyroid, pancreas,
and adrenal glands; describe how the endocrine and the nervous systems are
connected; and identify impacts eating disorders have on reproductive
hormones as a jumping-off point for the series.
This presentation will cover the facts about what leads to insulin
resistance, interventions that can support patients with “pre-diabetes”, and
provide the scientific evidence for managing insulin resistance from a weight-
inclusive paradigm. It will also cover gestational diabetes (GDM) including the
role genetics and stress play; ways to optimize perinatal care for GDM;
interventions for GDM management, and the importance of helping prevent
the development of disordered eating among individuals with the condition
due to food fears, stigma, dietary restrictions, and fat phobia.
Research and clinical efforts to enhance the metabolic health of fat
clients focus on efficacy, on finding interventions that work. Short-term efficacy
data from research (e.g., in recent trials for the weight loss drug Wegovy)
often get intense media and clinical attention. Many weight loss interventions
are efficacious in the short-term. Health promotion interventions for diabetes
that include weight loss as a major component, such as diabetes prevention
programs, also are often efficacious in clinical trials even though intentional
weight loss is a component. But what can clinicians learn from understanding
the research into why, how, and for whom these interventions work? This
session will explore how clinicians can convey “what really works” about
diabetes prevention programs, while learning to discern and help patients
know why intentional weight loss is not likely to improve their health long-term.
Stress is a common human experience. This module will discuss the neuroendocrine implications of stress, including how cortisol (a primary stress hormone) plays a role in physical health and can lead to allostatic overload. It will also discuss how weight stigma and eating disorder behaviors/symptoms relate to cortisol.
Eating disorders, including restriction, weight cycling, malnutrition, and bulimia,
can have profound effects on various aspects of physical and mental health. In this enlightening presentation, we delve into the intricate relationship between eating disorder behaviors and thyroid health, focusing on the development of Euthyroid Sick Syndrome (ESS) in individuals facing these challenges. Join us as we explore the known impacts of eating disorder behaviors on thyroid function and the implications for patient care and management.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland, has a
complex relationship with various eating disorder behaviors, including restriction, weight cycling, malnutrition, and bulimia. This presentation aims to explore the interplay between these eating disorder patterns and thyroid health, shedding light on how they can exacerbate Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and potentially lead to adverse health outcomes. By understanding the underlying mechanisms, attendees will be equipped with essential knowledge to identify potential risks and promote better thyroid health in individuals with eating disorders.
Join Nicola Salmon, fat-positive fertility coach and author of the book Fat and
Fertile as we delve into the intersection of fertility, fatness, and the stigma faced by fat folks in fertility spaces. We will explore the latest findings in fertility and fatness, equipping dietitians with valuable resources to share with their clients and doctors. Emphasizing a fat-positive approach, we will discuss ways for dietitians to provide inclusive and empowering fertility support. We will delve into why it is crucial to be vigilant in recognizing eating disorders among fat clients and the impact they have on reproductive health. Additionally, we will address the utilization of fertility treatments specifically for fat folks, dispelling myths and providing evidence-based insights. Join us in navigating the intersection of hormones, fatness, and reproductive health.
Menopause and aging are times of hormonal change and life transition that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental well-being. This stage of life is also associated with an increased risk of developing an eating disorder, triggering a relapse of previous eating disorder pathology, or complicating the recovery work of an existing eating disorder. To gain insight into the influence of hormones and the physiological aging process on the development, treatment, and recovery of eating disorders, this presentation will describe real-world examples of eating disorder cases during midlife. Through these case vignettes, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the physiological aspects, signs, and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Moreover, the presentation will focus on best practices for supporting a diverse population using a weight-neutral approach in management, education, treatment, and promoting eating disorder recovery.
People with diabetes are at increased risk of eating disorders, but treatment for diabetes can often feel at odds with eating disorder treatment. Understanding the use of medications for diabetes is a key piece of merging these two treatments. This webinar will focus on a weight-inclusive, anti-ableist view of medications for diabetes through the lens of the eating disorder treatment team.