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How to Treat Eating Disorders and Body Image

The Comprehensive Anti-Diet Guide for Mental Health Professionals

What if your clients were struggling with eating and body image, and you didn’t even know it? What if you’ve been missing a giant piece of the puzzle, and your clients were suffering as a result?

Eating (like breathing and sleeping) is a necessary part of being alive! Nobody can function without food. So of course, everyone has some type of relationship to food, and a set of beliefs about eating. Plus, everyone lives in a body, so naturally, everyone has a relationship to their body! 


I never understood why such universal human experiences were rarely prioritized in most mental health settings. 


When I started my career as a clinical psychologist, I found that eating and body image popped up a lot, even when the client was seeking treatment for something else entirely. 


Unfortunately, I had about zero training in this area. I had plenty of training and experience with a variety of concerns; everything from mood and anxiety to personality disorders and psychosis. 


Yet, my only education on eating disorders came in the form of one lesson of one day of graduate school, during an addiction class. 


I wish I could say this was unusual. But sadly, I’ve discovered that most mental health providers have little to no training in how to diagnose or treat eating and body concerns.


Meanwhile, eating and body image concerns are incredibly common. The data indicates that eating disorders affect about 9% of the population worldwide. That means you have a very good chance of encountering them in your work. 


And even if you don’t come across many individuals with eating disorders, you can certainly bet that many of your clients will struggle with eating at the subclinical level, experiencing what is often called ‘disordered eating.’ 


On top of that, thanks to the social and systemic forces that shape our self-image, the majority of people we meet will at some point deal with body image insecurities. 


Diet Culture, the dominant system of beliefs that teaches us thin bodies are “better” than fat bodies, ensures that body dissatisfaction is a permanent fixture in most people’s self-perceptions


Even worse, Diet Culture is a facet of an entire system of marginalization, rooted in racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and ageism. To participate in Diet Culture is to participate in the same harmful systems of oppression that we in the mental health field work so hard to dismantle.


To truly help the people we serve, we need to gain a foundational understanding of eating issues, where they come from, and how to address them.

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That's why I designed this course.

I want you to be confident addressing eating and body concerns in your work.


I want to close the training gap so that providers know the signs of disordered eating, beyond just the size of someone’s body.

I want to help you understand the role of Diet Culture in eating and body image issues, so you can join the anti-diet movement and help make healthcare more welcoming to ALL bodies.

In this course, you will:

Learn to accurately diagnose eating disorders and conceptualize ED etiology​


Recognize the signs of malnutrition, restriction, purging, binge-eating, and over-exercising and determine when your client needs a higher level of care


Understand and effectively address disordered eating (“subclinical” eating disorder symptomatology)

Incorporate assessment of eating, exercise, and body image into your clinical intake process

Recognize the role of Diet Culture and social factors contributing to eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image struggles

Uncover and challenge your internal biases about food and body weight

Improve your own relationship with food and build body image resilience, so you can lead by example in challenging and dismantling the system of Diet Culture

Learn through 10 in-depth video modules, with optional text-based lessons, case examples, and brief quizzes to solidify new knowledge and support your learning


As a bonus, you will also receive:

A self-reflection worksheet and journaling prompts to help you uncover biases and process reactions to the material

Downloadable PDF guide for assessing eating, exercise, and body image at intake

Downloadable PDF cheat-sheet for helping you recognize signs of an eating disorder and spotting physical, mental, and behavioral patterns that warrant medical attention or referral to a higher level of care

Downloadable educational handouts to use in your clinical work and share with your clients/patients

Downloadable educational handouts to use in your clinical work and share with your clients/patients

Course completion certification

Discount on the companion course, Weight Science 101

Priority access to future courses, including Intro to Intuitive Eating (launching Fall 2021)

LIFETIME access to all course content, and FREE access to any future updates to this course!

These materials, tools, and resources are the same ones I would offer in one-on-one supervision and consultation, over the course of many months. But instead of costing you upwards of $1,500 for this mentorship and education, you can access them on your own time, from the comfort of your own home or office, for a fraction of the cost.


Dr. Sari Ticker

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

This course gave me the knowledge, tools, and confidence to approach body image and weight concerns with my clients. I primarily treat individuals with chronic health conditions, and this course has already helped me more thoroughly assess the ways chronic pain and health conditions impact my clients’ body image. The case examples really stuck with me, and I use the course handouts with every new client. I highly recommend this course for clinicians at any level, and any area of practice!


Madeleine Foley, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Intern in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Freedman’s course enriched my understanding of eating and body image concerns, both on an individual and societal level. I did not realize how much influence our culture has over our view of bodies. This was the wake-up call I needed to start making eating and body image priorities in my work. I highly recommend this course to anyone that is in the helping profession- it will benefit both you and your clients immensely!

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I’m Dr. Paula Freedman, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, educator, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor dedicated to making mental health safe and welcoming for all bodies.

I write, teach, and consult about disordered eating recovery and rejecting Diet Culture. I’ve been a featured expert in the New York Times, Reebok, and have a regular series in Psychology Today.

I know what it’s like to feel unprepared to address disordered eating. I cringe to consider the ways I dismissed or overlooked eating and body image concerns early in my career, just because I didn’t have the knowledge or training to address these topics.

I also have a personal connection to this work. As a trauma survivor with an eating disorder history of my own, I spent many years feeling disconnected and unsafe in my body. I often shied away from body image work with clients because I hadn’t done the deep inner work of challenging my internalized fatphobia and weight biases.

Today, I am eager to close the eating disorder training gap and empower mental health providers everywhere to confidently address food and body image in their work. I have dedicated my career to helping clinicians recognize the ways Diet Culture harms us all and promote healing for the individuals they serve.

Diet Culture harms all of us, but it’s especially harmful for those whose bodies are larger. As someone who lives in a body that isn’t discriminated against (having “thin privilege”), I’m aware that I will never understand what it’s like to experience the world in a higher-weight body. I work to be as strong of an ally as possible, and to introduce providers like you to the anti-diet movement so that you can then continue to learn from others in this space.

Together, we can make our field a more inclusive place for ALL bodies, improve the quality of care we provide, and dismantle the system that instills us with food and body image struggles in the first place!

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