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Nutrition for Eating Disorders

Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, LD/N; Michelle Albers, PhD, RD, LD/N

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Nutrition for Eating Disorders is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that describes the goals of nutrition therapy for the treatment of eating disorders.

Effective treatment of eating disorders requires multidimensional and individualized interventions. Education that addresses the normal nutritional needs and the physiologic effects of starvation and refeeding is a critical component of treatment. Management often requires long-term nutritional counseling of the patient which may extend several years. This course will describe the rationale and use of providing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, and Binge Eating Disorder. Included are: Criteria for Diagnosing Eating Disorders; Role of Dieting in the Development of Eating Disorders; Symptomology; Treatment Overview; Nutrition Therapy; Reconnecting with Hunger and Satiety; Use of Exercise; Working with a Therapist; Pharmacotherapy; In-Patient versus Out-Patient Treatment; Refeeding; Establishing a Dietary/Eating Pattern; Comparing Traditional and Health at Every Size (HAES) Approaches to Health Enhancement; Recovery from Eating Disorders; Nutrition Care Process; and the Core Minimum Guide.

Closeout Course #30-80 | 2015 | 24 pages | 21 posttest questions

This course was developed by the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for their Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy to provide Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) and technicians with evidence-based, non-biased information on nutrition for eating disorders. 

Learning Objectives

1. List the goals of medical nutrition therapy for the treatment of eating disorders
2. Identify specific types of eating disorders based on diagnostic criteria
3. Describe the overall role of the Registered Dietitian in providing effective treatment of eating disorders
4. Determine the goals and treatment recommendations for nutrition therapy of the various disorders discussed
5. Describe the steps in the Nutrition Care Process for eating disorders

Nutrition for Eating Disorders awards 3 CPEUs in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s CPEU Prior Approval Program. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).

Download CDR's Critical Thinking Tool - CDR credentialed practitioners must complete and save this form and the certificate of completion should they ever be audited. Failure to include both certificate and completed tool will result in a failed audit and loss of CPE credit. Feedback about the quality of the activity can be sent directly to CDR: QualityCPE@eatright.org


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, LD/N, is a nutrition therapist, speaker and writer who has specialized in helping those with eating problems since 1983. She has written numerous professional books, book chapters and articles. In fact, she has been invited to present at all the major eating disorder conferences numerous times.

Her education includes:

  • BS in nutrition, St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans
  • MA in exercise physiology, University of Florida
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Florida
  • PhD in cognitive anthropology, University of Florida

Additionally she is trained in Somatic Experiencing (Level Two) and is a certified Enneagram teacher. Her PhD research analyzed unconscious thinking and how that thinking influenced eating and weight struggles. Her focus was on "decoding" these struggles to reveal what was going on at the unconscious level. This exciting research has strongly influenced her approach to eating and weight issues. Learn more about Karin.


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Michelle Albers, PhD, RD, LD/N, has a PhD in Nutrition from Ohio State University and is a Registered Dietitian. She has taught nutrition at Ohio State and the University of South Florida, authored articles and book chapters, and presents national medical continuing education seminars. Since 1988, in her private practices in Tampa and St Petersburg, she has worked exclusively with clients with disordered eating and eating disorders. She has been part of the Healthy Weight Clinic at USF since 2007.


: No relevant financial relationship exists. 
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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