By: Nikki Nies
Trials and tribulations are dealt differently by all. The method of coping is sometime more obvious to the naked eye. However, one method of coping, disordered eating and/or eating disorders can lead to adverse effects. Thankfully, the Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED), which is a subunit of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group (DPG) is available for health professionals caring for disordered eating and eating disordered patients as well as the general public.
The DEED’s goals and statement of purpose are clearly listed on the homepage, at http://www.scandpg.org/disordered-eating/ . Accessing the DEED fact sheets are a great starting point to familiarize yourself with signs of symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, body image, amenorrhea and a description of the role RDs play in the treatment of Eating Disorders.
Don’t hesitate to use the professional and public resources, as well as the treatment providers listed on the website at http://www.scandpg.org/nutrition-info/disordered-eating-professional-resources/
The members only section provides additional educational materials and access to the Ask the Doc Forum. One can ask Dr. Ed Tyson, an eating disorder expert any questions. Here’s the link http://www.scandpg.org/forum/
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 contact.
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