Presentation: Food Fight and Body Wars: Food Addiction, Binge Eating, and Obesity in Health Care

Presentation Description:

This presentation highlights the conflicting care models for those who struggle with loss of control eating and weight disorders and the integrative care solutions necessary to help them.

Three industries intersect with conflicting treatment models, and those suffering from loss of control eating and weight disorders are not getting the integrative care required to solve their complex problems. Obesity medicine, the eating disorder treatment industry and substance use treatment approaches may be creating the problems they are trying to treat and ignoring others that need attention. This presentation will shed some light on this vulnerable population and suggest a collaborative and integrative approach.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kari Anderson has positioned herself as a respected clinician and leader in the field of eating disorders. Her career spans over three decades of leading treatment teams at all levels of care. Kari has developed several treatment models, most recently for treating binge eating.

Kari earned her Doctor of Behavioral Health with her research project, The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder, at Arizona State University in 2012. Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored the acclaimed book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body. Her memoir, Food, Body and Love: But the Greatest of These is Love, was released in 2021. This work digs deeper into the science behind effective treatment and includes research on food addiction and issues faced in obesity medicine.

She is an adjunct faculty for the University of New Hampshire, and trains graduate students in treatment methods for eating disorders.

As a licensed therapist in three states and certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor (CEDS-S), Kari maintains a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.