Eating Disorders: A Clinical Update
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Eating disorders are serious psychiatric conditions associated with significant medical and psychiatric morbidity and high mortality rates. Eating disorders affect all ethnic and racial groups and have been identified in all parts of the world, although prevalence rates vary for different populations. The purpose of this Clinical Update is to review some of the current issues relevant to identifying and treating eating disorders. Drs. Joanna Steinglass and Evelyn Attia will discuss the restrictive eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, and Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) as well as emerging data about the importance of recognizing Atypical Anorexia Nervosa, one of the conditions included in the Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders in DSM5. Dr. B. Timothy Walsh will discuss Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), focusing on pharmacotherapy that has demonstrated efficacy for these conditions. The Clinical Update is intended for practitioners who see individuals with eating disorders in their clinical practice and are interested in new issues, and advanced discussion of treatment strategies. Program format will include time for audience Q & A.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2022.

Course References

  • Walsh BT. The enigmatic persistence of anorexia nervosa. Am J Psychiatry. 2013. May;170(5):477-484.
  • Attia E, Steinglass JE, Walsh BT, Wang Y, Wu P, Schreyer C, Wildes J, Yilmaz Z, Guarda AS, Kaplan AS, Marcus MD. Olanzapine versus Placebo in Adult Outpatients with Anorexia Nervosa: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2019 Jun1;176(6):449-456.
  • Crow SJ. Pharmacologic Treatment of Eating Disorders. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;42(2):253-262.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize restrictive eating disorders and make initial treatment plans
  • Understand recent developments in eating disorders treatment research including habit interruption, neuromoduation, and psychedelic agents.
  • Know which medications are helpful for the treatment of binge eating episodes in bulimia nervosa and BED.

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 90 minutes
Begin Date: February 1, 2023
End Date: February 01, 2026

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 60% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

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In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


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Program Presenters

  • Evelyn Attia, MD, Director of the Center for Eating Disorders at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • B. Walsh, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Joanna Steinglass, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Associate Director of the Eating Disorders Research Clinic at NYSPI/CUIMC. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Eric Williams, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Program Planners

  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D., Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert O. Cotes, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Uchenna Okeye, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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