FRee Webinar: Eating Disorders in the African American Community

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Eating disorders understudied in African Americans

Little was known about disordered eating in Black people until recently. Clinically, African Americans were under represented in treatment centers and research studies about eating disorders, so it wasn’t clear if they were immune from such disorders or if social and cultural factors were imposing a barrier to treatment.

The National Survey of American Life (NSAL) conducted a comprehensive nationwide study of African American and Caribbean Blacks to answer these and other important mental health questions plaguing the Black community. They interviewed a large number of adults (n = 5,191) and adolescents (n = 1,170) in their homes, using professionally trained, ethnically-matched interviewers. Their study was the first to examine the prevalence, age of onset, and gender differences in eating disorders in a nationally representative Black sample (Taylor et al)

 

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Please find details for webinar, “No More Secrets”: Shedding Light on Eating Disorders in the African American Community. We hope you’ll register for this webinar as it will be shedding light on one of the most neglected Communities suffering from Eating Disorders. We thank NCEED for organizing this free webinar.

 

Eating disorders were historically believed to be a concern of affluent, young, White women. New emerging evidence indicates that disordered eating is also present among African American and/or Black individuals. Due to lack of training, however, identifying disordered eating in this population may be challenging for providers.

This webinar provides an overview of disordered eating in African Americans, examines questions to guide assessments of eating behaviors, and reports on emerging trends in the application of established treatments for this population. After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify factors that may influence the development of disordered eating in African Americans.
  • Describe culturally-relevant questions that may better detect the presence of disordered eating in clinical assessments with African Americans.
  • Describe evidence-based and culturally-informed treatments for eating disorders in African Americans

 

 

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Presenter:

Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, UNC Chapel Hill

 

 

 

 

Topic: “No More Secrets”: Shedding Light on Eating Disorders in the African American Community
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 1:30-2:30 PM EST

Presenter: Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW

 

Credit: 1 CE for Psychologists or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

 

Description:

 

Though eating disorders were historically believed to be a concern of affluent, young, White women, emerging evidence indicates that disordered eating is also present among African American and/or Black individuals. Due to lack of training, however, identifying disordered eating in this population may be challenging for providers. This webinar presented in collaboration with the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, will provide an overview of disordered eating in African Americans, provide culturally-relevant questions to guide assessment of eating behaviors, and report emerging trends in application of established treatments for this population.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify factors that may influence the development of disordered eating in African Americans.
2. Describe culturally-relevant questions that may better detect the presence of disordered eating in clinical assessments with African Americans.

3. Describe evidence-based and culturally-informed treatments for eating disorders in African Americans.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Rachel Goode is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a key content expert with the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. The focus of her research is to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to prevent and treat disordered eating and obesity among African American women. Her ongoing projects include: 1) a NIH Career Development Award (K23129832) to develop a culturally relevant digital treatment for the treatment of binge eating in Black Americans; and 2) an Innovative Clinical/Translational Science award from the American Diabetes Association to improve treatment for binge eating among African Americans with type 2 diabetes.
Accreditation Statement
The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement
The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To access your credit for this activity, go to www.med.unc.edu/cpd, click on the transcript link, choose UNC Onyen, and log in with your onyen and password. You can then generate a report showing your credit for the time period you specify. If you do not have an onyen, please contact the CME Coordinator (douglas_hudson@med.unc.edu). Your credit will be available 1-2 days after the activity.

 

Disclosure statement
This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the Course Director, Jean Doak, PhD, and the planning committee listed above, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (UNC CPD). The course director, planning committee members, content developers, and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.

 

 

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