Registered dietitians know a lot about eating, metabolism, and food. Yet, our education is still lacking in the area of eating disorders. I have heard from many students who know they want to go into this field and are frustrated that they aren’t learning more about eating disorders. Then, there’s the flip side.
Many dietitians choose purposefully not to go into this specialty. I respect that, but here’s the thing about eating disorders. 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment specific to their eating disorder. The other 9 out of 10 are still seeking healthcare, just not within the eating disorder specialty. The best recommendation is to make a referral to an RD who specializes in eating disorders. But, that’s not always an option, so I hope the eating disorder resources below help you feel more confident in whatever comes your way.
Books Written for Professionals
Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders by Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD and Maria Larkin, MED, RDN, LD, CLT
ADA Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders eBook or Print Version by Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care and Complications by Dr. Philip S. Mehler and Dr. Arnold E. Andersen
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
Books Written for People with Eating Disorders
(These books are written with the person with an eating disorder in mind, but can be very helpful to professionals who are trying to gain a better understanding of the work.)
Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr. Anita Johnston
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me by Jenni Schaefer
Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer
Almost Anorexic by Jenni Schaefer
Check out Gurze Books for more suggestions
Memberships & Websites
International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD)
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
Eating Disorder Bootcamp by Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Another important piece of your career as an eating disorder dietitian is professional supervision. This is an opportunity to receive support and guidance as you become an expert in eating disorders. Supervision can be done in-person, via Skype, or by phone. Many experienced ED dietitians offer this. Find one you look up to and inquire about their supervision services.
Do you know of any other resources that should be on this list? Share them in the comments below!