The Neurochemistry Of A Binge: Linking Psychotherapy To The Biology Of The Brain | 14787
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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A key feature of most weight management programs is to focus on whether you feel hungry or full. A lifetime of yo yo dieting
makes such messages so confusing that one questions if it is really possible to distinguish the difference. Often the outcome
is binge eating behavior, which itself is not well defined. The restraint theory literature has unveiled how cognitive processes
trigger binge eating behavior. Brain imaging techniques have added credence to the restraint theory as well as supported clues to
the predisposition of binge eating. Understanding the neurophysiology that triggers eating may provide some answers and assists
the compulsive eater. Gastric bypass outcome data suggest the need to address more aggressively BED behavior. The incites from
the restraint theory, brain imaging and gastric bypass provide clues on what therapeutic interventions will be most successful in
treatment and long term recovery.
Binge eating disorder is included as a diagnosis in the new DSM V and yet there is still a great deal of controversy
surrounding the diagnostic criteria and etiology. This talk through investigating brain imaging, restraint theory, the addiction
model and attachment theory may provide clarity to better address the confusion and provide a foundation for effective treatment.
At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:
Identify the pathways, neurotransmitters and receptors responsible for binge eating behavior.
Explain the etiology of binge behavior and its link with body dissatisfaction and depression.
Recognize the variety of binge behaviors and the continuum of clinical severity.
Ralph Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions and eating disorders for over 30 years. His unique background in
health science and medicine (BS Duke University and B. H. S. Duke University Medical School) coupled with nutrition and exercise (BS Oakwood
College, Ph.D. Auburn University) has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. He
has honed his skills in communication and often-complicated science into enjoyable, practical and informative workshops. He is currently executive
director of FitRx located in Nashville, TN which is a unique partial and IOP program designed to assist those people of size struggling with both
the medical and psychological complications of binge eating. He has consulted with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers
throughout the country as well as being a highly sought after speaker at various conferences and workshops. Additionally he has set up several
eating disorder programs and corporate wellness programs. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder
Professionals (IAEDP). Working with Academy Medical Systems, he developed workshops for professional groups throughout the US on topics such
as exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and childhood obesity. He authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good
health and the brain: like,
Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits
and the recently published
The Brain Fix
What?s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?
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