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Treatment Approaches and Addressing Stigma for Eating Disorders: A Two-Part Series

Continuing Medical Education Information

Course Description

This activity will address the importance of recognition, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Education will also focus on current treatment protocols including counseling, psychotherapy and inpatient treatment.

Statement of Need:

The Kentucky Eating Disorder Council estimates state that approximately nine percent of Kentuckians – 393,345 people – will have an eating disorder in their lifetime; and statistics show that 10,200 deaths occur each year in the United States that are the direct result of an eating disorder – equaling one death every fifty-two minutes.

Approximately twenty-six percent of people with an eating disorder attempts suicide and eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid overdose.  There are limited treatment options in Kentucky due to inconsistent insurance coverage for both inpatient and outpatient services.

A knowledge and competency need, along with a performance in practice need exists to enable physicians with tools and approaches to care and recognition.

Puhl, R. M., & Brownell, K. D. (2006). Confronting and coping with weight stigma: An investigation of overweight and obese adults. Obesity 14(10),1802-1815.

Flament, M. F., Henderson, K., Buchholz, A., Obeid, N., Nguyen, H. N. T., Birmingham, M., & Goldfield, G. (2015). Weight status and DSM-5 diagnoses of eating disorders in adolescents from the community. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(5), 403-411.


  • Describe how to recognize signs of eating disorders.
  • Understand risk factors and pathogenesis of eating disorders.
  • Learn clinical presentations and medical complications.
  • Learn the criteria for hospitalization and treatment options with a collaborative model.
  • Identify weight stigma and explore a weight inclusive environment.
  • Describe approaches to communicating with patients.


Disclosure:  The following planners disclose that they have no relevant relationships with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients:

Miranda Mosley

Rachel Crouch

The following speakers disclose that they have that they have no relevant relationships with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients:

Zubi Suleman, MD; Mandakini Sadhir, MD; Ally Emig, LCSW; Emily Gogel, MD; Hannah Fitterman, PhD; Maddi Duzyk

Commercial Support: There is no commercial support associated with this activity.

Accreditation and Designation:
The Kentucky Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Kentucky Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for 1.oo AMA PRA Category 1 credit.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Unspoken and Misunderstood Stigma of Eating Disorders – Psychiatrist Dr. Zubi Suleman talks about eating disorders and the misunderstandings around them. A 2024 KET production.

Estimated Time to Complete: This module will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Method of Participation Used: Participants will view and listen to a recorded lecture while simultaneously viewing slides.

Hardware/Software Requirements: High speed internet connection

Meeting Planner: Miranda Mosley, Rachel Crouch


Zubi Suleman, M.D.; Mandakini Sadhir, M.D.; Ally Emig, LCSW; Emily Gogel, M.D.; Hannah Fitterman, PhD; Maddi Duzyk

Moderator: Michael Kuduk, M.D.

Provider Contact Information: Miranda Mosley, Kentucky Medical Association

Copyright: There is no copyright associated with this activity

Release Date: March 2024           

Termination Date: March 2025


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