Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eating Disorder Awareness and DEED

Trials and tribulations are dealt differently by all.  With varying perspectives and experiences, coping skills vary especially dependent on the situation.  However, one method of coping, disordered eating and/or eating disorders can lead to adverse effects.  Thankfully, the Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED), a subunit of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group (DPG) provides real time information on disordered eating and eating disorders for patients as well as to the general public.

The DEED’s goals and statement include aiding in the prevention of harmful eating behaviors, promotion of recovery from DEED and the development of lifelong healthy attitudes.   Accessing the DEED fact sheets are a great starting point to familiarize oneself with the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, body image, amenorrhea and a description of the role RDs play in the treatment of DEED.
Don’t hesitate to use the professional and public resources, as well as the treatment providers listed on the website.

The member’s only section provides additional educational materials and access to the “Ask the Doc” Forum.  Take advantage of one on one answers from Dr. Ed Tyson.  

If you’re not a member of SCAN, joining is quick and simple. If you’re already a Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) member.  Simply ask to join SCAN, which will gain access to DEED’s resources and provide a broader system of networking contacts.

In addition, becoming more involved in DEED can be done by contacting any of three volunteer coordinators: Amanda Kirpitch, MA, RD, LDN, CDE; Sarah Gleason, RD or Gena Wollenberg MS, RD, CSSD.  Their contact information can be located here