Diabetes Prevention

What should you know about Disordered Eating?

February 25, 2019

Guest(s): Julie Brake

Topic(s): Eating Disorders

Talk Recording

Every Registered Dietitian should have basic knowledge of disordered eating – what it is, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. Julie Brake specializes in prevention and treatment of disordered eating and will discuss these items, along with current terminology, diagnostic criteria, and how dietitians can help. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about disordered eating, this is the podcast episode for you!


Selected Questions:

Are eating disorders considered a disease, as in alcoholism, or is it considered a psychological condition?

Do holistic or naturopathic therapies show favorable results?

How critical is family involvement in recovery.

How do I know when an eating disorder needs eating disorder treatment?

If I want to specialize in disordered eating treatment, how do I learn more or get training? Where can I find a list of dietitians who specialize in eating disorders to refer patients?

Is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) effective for treating Eating Disorders?

Is there a point in recovery when the patient is considered cured?

National Eating Disorder Awareness is recognized the week of 2/25 to 3/3 this year. Where is the trend going? Are eating disorders on the rise or on the decline?

Please give your thoughts on the Maudsley approach.

What are your thoughts on DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to treat eating disorders?

What are your thoughts on drug treatment interventions such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds?

What is the difference between anorexia and orthorexia?


  • American Psychiatric Association - Level of Care Guidelines for Patients with Eating Disorders; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5).
  • Herrin, Marcia, and Matsumoto, Nancy. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders, 2nd Ed. 2007. Gürze Books. Carlsbad, CA.
  • Setnick, Jessica. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders, Second Edition. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017.