Eating Disorder and Body Image Resources

We’re focusing on another niche practice area on the blog today: disordered eating and body image. If you counsel clients with eating disorders (ED) or body image issues, or are interested in learning more about this practice area, we’re sharing resources such as organizations, conferences, books and sites for and from RDNs that we find helpful – we hope you find them helpful, too! 

Behavioral Health Nutrition (BNH) DPG: This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Practice Group is comprised of members who provide food and nutrition services for individuals with addictions, mental illness, developmental disabilities and eating disorders. The practice group’s BHN Newsletter includes articles, continuing professional education opportunities, practice tips from resource professionals, references, resources and book reviews in each of BHN's four practice areas: addictions, eating disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health.

Recommendations from RDNs

Healthy Bytes’ client Robyn Kievit highly recommends the Body Image Workshop that she attended recently in Boston, hosted by Marci Evans and Fiona Sutherland. Robyn refers to it as “one of the best conferences I have ever attended on Body Image;” she was particularly fascinated by the concept of how to describe how you feel about your body image as a color. The next workshop will take place in London, September 1-2, 2018. 

Robyn also suggests the following ED resources: The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), whose mission it is to heal, educate and empower the community to support the people, families and other community members impacted by eating disorders, to stop the spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection, and to promote greater acceptance of all body types. Eating in the Light of the Moon and Intuitive Eating are two books that Robyn recommends. 

RDN Sumner Brooks is founder of EDRDpro.com, which provides ED and Health at Every Size (HAES) resources and educational materials for RDNs. Organization members are dietitians, professionals, students and activists who have interest in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. They emphasize a HAES philosophy and are committed to empowering you to work from a non-diet approach. 

Rebecca Clyde, with Nourish Nutrition Co, suggests you bookmark Beauty Redefined as an ED resource. The nonprofit is dedicated to promoting positive body image online and in live speaking engagements. 

Chrissy Carroll and Lauren Sharifi both recommend Rebecca Scritchfield's Body Kindness for body positivity, helping people evolve from diet culture. Lauren also suggests the book Body Respect by Linda Bacon. 

Thank you all for your contributions! What resources would you add to this list?