Orthorexia Nervosa: What Dietitians Need to Know About This “Healthy Eating” Disorder
Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes: 4040, 5200, 5370, 6020
Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 9.4.5, 9.6.1
CPE Level 2
CDR Activity Type 171
This webinar took place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 2-3 p.m. EST.
Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) was first described in 1997 but has since gained increased recognition as a problem faced by more and more individuals. While it is not yet listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with the other known and observed eating disorders, it is well recognized as causing ill health and requires treatment.
The term ‘orthorexia’ means an obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating. Although being aware of and concerned with the nutritional quality of the food you eat isn’t a problem in and of itself, people with ON become so fixated on so-called ‘healthy eating’ that they actually damage their own well-being. Registered Dietitians can be instrumental in identifying and treating this disorder if they know what to look for.
Janice Dada, MPH, RDN, CDE, explores the emerging research and the role of dietitians in patient support, identification, and treatment of ON.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Understand the history and describe the defining characteristics of Orthorexia Nervosa (ON).
- List the various ON screening tools and use them successfully with clients suffering from ON.
- Employ treatment strategies for clients suspected to have ON.
Janice Dada, MPH, RDN, CDE is the owner and principal dietitian of SoCal Nutrition & Wellness, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice based in Newport Beach, CA. In her private practice, Janice specializes in helping individuals and families optimize their health, well-being, and eating behaviors. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Janice offers personalized nutrition counseling and group workshops using a non-diet, weight-inclusive framework. Additionally, Janice has trained with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), and weaves integrative and functional nutrition into her non-diet work. Her experience in the nutrition field extends from individual counseling across a wide range of ages, body sizes, cultures, and abilities to leading small and large group workshops to teaching undergraduate and graduate-level nutrition classes. She is frequently asked to consult with organizations, sports teams, and private groups and has even served as an expert witness.
Additionally, Janice is an adjunct faculty member at the UC Irvine. She has also held faculty positions at Chapman University, CSULB, CSUF, and Fullerton College. She’s a freelance writer, and her writing is frequently featured in Today’s Dietitian magazine. Janice was honored by the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly California Dietetic Association) for her accomplishments with the award of Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2011. When she is not counseling, consulting or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading (or listening to audiobooks!), being physically active, and eating delicious food.
Janice Dada, MPH, RDN, CDE has no disclosures to report and confirms that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
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