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Recording Only | Food insecurity, eating disorders and weight-stigma in post bariatric surgery patients

  • Thursday, December 08, 2022
  • Webinar | Professional Community: Free; Personal Community: $15; Public: $20


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Event Details

Educational Series: Professional Education

45-60 minute professional enrichment webinars, created with the Professional Community Member in mind; however, Personal Community Members are welcome to attend. 

Continuing Education Credit: Eligible

Those who attend the event live or watch the recording will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be used to apply for Continuing Education Credits with the accrediting body of their choice. 

Date: Tuesday, December 08, 2022

Important Announcement:

This registration is to receive the Recording Only. You will not receive the link to the live event. You will receive an email with a link to the recording and materials after the event, typically within 1-2 business days.


About the Event

There has been emerging evidence that eating disorders dont just exist in privileged white women, as believed in the past, but in people of all shapes, sizes, colors and ethnicities.

Dr Carolyn Becker, award-winning researcher at Trinity University San Antonio, has conducted groundbreaking research along with her colleagues in the last 5 years on the prevalence of eating disorders and weight stigma in people who also struggle with food insecurity.

This webinar is about the latest collaboration between Dr. Becker and a former bariatric dietitian on the prevalence of food insecurity, eating disorders and weight stigma in people who have undergone bariatric surgery.

This surgery is a popular and lucrative procedure offered by many hospitals for people at higher weights, but patients are often not screened for eating disorders and food insecurity, many of them are from marginalized communities, and struggle with malnutrition and mental health challenges before and after surgery, that bariatric centers are not equipped to handle and end up blaming on patient's "non compliance" instead.

This is the first study of its kind in bariatric patients to raise an alarm about the food insecurity and eating disorders that need to be addressed if true holistic health is indeed the goal of our healthcare system.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the correlation between food insecurity and eating disorders in people of all sizes, and especially people in larger bodies.
  2. Become aware of screening tools for food insecurity and eating disorders in your patients if you are a clinician in public or private practice,.
  3. Learn how to integrate ethical weight-inclusive care for people in larger bodies, while addressing possible food insecurity, eating disorders, and malnutrition that might coexist in this population.

About the Presenter

Narmin Virani is a Registered Dietitian who has been in clinical practice since 2003. She worked for 10 years in the cardiac wellness and rehab field at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where she learned the research and clinical applications of mindfulness meditation. This work led her to start the life-changing practice of meditating herself, and she began integrating it with nutrition counseling to promote a healthy relationship with food.

After that, while working at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Bariatric Center, she continued teaching experiential mindful eating to help her patients heal the anxiety, fear, and guilt around eating that had developed from years of chronic dieting. She moved away from a weight-centric to a weight-inclusive approach after seeing clinical and scientific evidence that chronic dieting led to weight gain and eating disorders in the long term. She witnessed her patients thrive with this approach, and this motivated her to conduct a research study on Intuitive Eating that was published in Bariatric Times, before she decided to leave the bariatric field.

Narmin currently works at Veritas Eating Disorders Hospital (Atlanta), and Nashville Nutrition Partners, a private nutrition counseling practice based on Health At Every Size principles. She is also collaborating with Dr Carolyn Becker of Trinity University on an ongoing research study on food insecurity and eating disorders in bariatric patients.

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