Weighty Matters for Vegans — Overweight, Underweight, and Eating Disorders
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2010, 4110, 5200, 5370; Level 2
Performance Indicators: 1.3.6; 8.2.1; 8.3.6
This continuing education course explores the issues of overweight, underweight, and eating disorders among vegans. It reviews current evidence on the weight status of vegans and their relative risk for eating disorders. The causes and consequences of weight challenges are addressed, and a practical guide for optimizing clinical outcomes is provided.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- State the results of The EPIC-Oxford Study and the Adventist Health Study-2 as they pertain to BMIs of similar health-conscious individuals with different dietary patterns.
- Identify the type of vegan diet that puts individuals at greatest risk for underweight.
- Describe the phenomenon of “pseudovegetarianism” and explain why many individuals with eating disorders use it.
- List at least five practical ways to assist vegans who are overweight, underweight, or who have eating disorders achieve their health goals.
Brenda Davis, RD, is the coauthor of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition books, including her most recent award-winning works, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition. She’s been a featured speaker at international nutrition, medical and health conferences in more than a dozen countries. She’s the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands and a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The author reports the following relevant disclosures: she is a consultant to Canvasback Missions, a shareholder with Indogo (dog food), and has received funding from Book Publishing Co. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR