Intuitive Eating and Ultra-Processed Food Addiction


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Intuitive Eating and Ultra-Processed Food Addiction

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    The intuitive eating community insists that food addiction does not exist. But evidence suggests otherwise. There is a timely need to discuss convergence and divergence between differing schools of thought.

    In this presentation, Dr. David Wiss uses storytelling to share his journey as a dietitian in mental and behavioral health settings. This presentation discusses the shortcomings of the food addiction construct and the shortcomings of the intuitive eating construct. Three clinical vignettes will be presented.

    At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

    1) Describe the current controversies surrounding the food addiction construct.

    2) Describe potential reasons for higher self-reported food addiction rates among those with eating disorders.

    3) Describe the potential connections between food addiction and dietary restraint.

    4) Describe how food addiction and principles of intuitive eating converge and diverge.

    5) Conceptualize potential treatment strategies for food addiction based on the presence of other psychiatric diagnoses such as eating disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, and depressive symptoms.

    6) Discuss three clinical vignettes with attendees and explore different treatment strategies.

    Join Dr. Wiss & colleagues for an epic mental health event on October 10th in Los Angeles