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Estimates of the lifetime prevalence of eating disorders in the bariatric surgery population are well over 50%. Because most bariatric professionals have limited training or experience in eating disorders, it has been proposed that these conditions are likely underreported and misidentified in clinical settings following bariatric surgery. The panelists would include a patient perspective/lived experience, a dietician, and a mental health expert with eating disorder experience. Each panelist will focus on their perspective with an overall focus on identifying clinical care gaps in recognizing eating disorders/disordered eating in patients with obesity who have had or are going to have bariatric surgery. It is the goal of this presentation to make clinicians aware of the problem and provide ways to identify and manage these patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to describe what disorder eating is and what an eating disorder is.
  2. Attendees will be able differentiate between disordered eating and eating disorders.
  3. Attendees will acquire skills to have conversations with their patients related to disordered eating/eating disorders.

8:00am Welcome - Mindful Minute/2-minute stretch
Kellie Armstrong, MSN RN; Timisha Malone, LCSW LMSW
8:05am Housekeeping & Introductions
Timisha Malone, LCSW LMSW; Kellie Armstrong, MSN RN
8:10am Patients Perspective
8:30am Clinical Perspective
9:15am Q & A
9:25am Mindful Minute and 2 minute stretch
9:30am Adjourn