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Sociocultural Plenary: One Size Does Not Fit All: The Spectrum of Male Eating Disorders

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About the Course:

Despite increased recognition of eating disorders among males, the eating disorder field remains fundamentally tied to a historical conceptualization that these are essentially a “female” concern. This has resulted in a female-centric diagnostic, aetiological and treatment models which alienate males with eating disorders, contributing to poor treatment-seeking and long-term suffering. Research on body image and eating disorders in males has gained steady traction over the past decade, including the 7 years since a plenary addressing male was last included in the ICED schedule. This research has posed and addressed critical questions to clinicians and researchers in the eating disorder field, including but not limited to: are men “catching up” to women in eating disorder prevalence? Do men with eating disorders experience a greater burden than women? Do our diagnostic criteria adequately capture clinically significant disturbances in body image, eating and weight control among males (and if no, how can we make it better?)? Is muscle dysmorphia better classified as an eating disorder? Why is there a mismatch in the gender ratio for eating disorders in the population versus the clinic? With the increasing recognition of diversity in prevalence and presentation of disordered eating behaviors comes a need for understanding the etiology, course, treatment and specific needs for males. This plenary will address these questions and pose ideas on how we can move forward to translate the growth in knowledge of the male eating disorder experience into innovations in the prevention, health promotion, and treatment spheres, to reduce health burden and disparities.

This course is based on the book, Sociocultural Plenary: One Size Does Not Fit All: The Spectrum of Male Eating Disorders created by Scott Griffiths, PhD, Emilio Compte, PhD, Troy Roness, EdM (c/s), MS, and Jason Lavender, PhD, FAED in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jun 2020

Course Material Authors

Scott Griffiths, PhD
Emilio Compte, PhD
Troy Roness, EdM (c/s), MS
Jason Lavender, PhD, FAED

Dr. Lavender is a Research Scientist at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. He completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, where he graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2005. Following completion of his clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2011. He subsequently completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in eating disorders research at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute from 2011-2014. His main research interests include the role of emotion dysregulation and Neurocognitive processes in eating disorders,dimensional approaches to studying psychopathology, and functional neuroimaging approaches to examining neurobiological functioning in eating disorders.

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Expand our traditional “female-centric” conceptualization of eating disorders, to appreciate differences in clinical presentations that may constitute an eating disorder among males, and what implications this may have for classification schemes;

  2. Identify gender-specific barriers to treatment access and engagement, and formulate ways to address these

  3. Learn different approaches to the treatment of males with eating disorders.

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