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The Food Pollution/Addiction Model for Treating Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Systems Approach

CE Credit: 3

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Length: 3 hours

This program was originally webcast live on May 17, 2013, and is now available on-demand.

Obesity is epidemic and Eating Disorders are proliferating, reaching younger children, older women and more men. Likewise, the complications for both populations are becoming more severe. There is a connection. The food supply in the U.S. is polluted. Treatment that does not take into consideration the impact that polluted food has on the onset and progression of disordered eating will fail. This workshop outlines the empirical data and provides examples of how effective an addiction model can be in treating disorders that are generally refractory to treatment.

Learning Objective 1
Be able to explain the mechanism for food addiction.

Learning Objective 2
Specify the role polluted food plays in Bulimia, Anorexia, Bulimarexia and Obesity.

Learning Objective 3
Recognize the difference between clean vs. polluted food and develop a treatment plan.

Presenter: J. Renae Norton Psy.D.

Dr. J. Renae Norton became interested in the treatment of eating disorders while still in graduate school. Her primary areas of expertise during her doctoral training were family systems theory, and Neuro-psychology. She obtained her Psy.D. from Wright State University School of Professional Practice and began her practice in 1985 after doing her residency in clinical psychology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years her reputation as the go to therapist for the toughest eating disorder cases has spread to other states and professionals around the country. Presently, she offers the only alternative to inpatient treatment in cases where the individual is suffering from a severe case of Anorexia, Bulimia or a combination of the two.


Supplementary Materials

  • Citations
  • Case Study: Anorexia Treatment
  • Fat, Protein and Carbohydrate
  • HabiTrack–RMR & Food Analysis
  • Descreasing Intestinal Permeability
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Lifestyle: A Patient Handbook
  • The Food Pollution/Addiction Model for Treating Eating Disorders and Obesity (PowerPoint Presentation)
  • Eating Disorders Survey Data
  • The Norton Center-Eating Disorder + Food Addiction Survey