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The 9 Truths of Eating Disorders: How to Be Your Best as a Caregiver & Advocate


DESCRIPTION: Much has changed in our understanding around eating disorders over the past few decades, so much so that in 2015 the Academy for Eating Disorders collaborated with international patient, advocacy, and parent organizations to create the "Nine Truths About Eating Disorders". Since then, this document has been distributed globally, allowing both providers and the public to replace outdated understandings and stereotypes about eating disorders with science-based facts. This presentation will share those truths in an effort to help you deepen your understanding about what eating disorders are, their causes, and paths to treatment. By doing this, we are able to become a better allies and advocates for our family, friends and loved ones - as well as for ourselves.

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Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S 

Beth began her work with eating disorders in an inpatient setting in the early 1990’s and throughout her career worked in variety of levels of eating disorders care treating the full spectrum of diagnoses and ages 8-76.  She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian-Supervisor (CEDRD-S), Director of Certification for iaedp, and runs a private practice where her passion lies in helping people get the care they deserve despite regardless of common stigmas.  She is an active member of the Missouri Eating Disorders Council (MOEDC) providing training around the state for professionals in early identification and management of eating disorders, is a founding member of IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorders Dietitians), a Board member for the Body Balance Coalition (BBC) in Kansas City, a recognized outstanding member of the Kansas City Dietetics Association, previous Dietetic Internship Director and is active in her community for eating disorders outreach and education.