Veganism and Eating Disorders: What Our Clients Are Teaching Us
Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (Central time)
As of 2019, 25% of 25- to 34- year old Americans report that they are vegan or vegetarian. In fact, sales of vegan foods rose 10x faster than food sales as a whole in 2018, and even "Big Meat" is going vegan as mainstream food conglomerates purchase stake in vegan food products. But research on the intersection of veganism and eating disorders continues to lag behind and can create misinformation based on generalizations and assumptions. Clinicians treating clients with eating disorders can no longer ignore the reality that veganism is trending in a similar pattern as vegetarianism and eating disorders did over twenty years ago. Whether veganism exists alongside a client's eating disorder, or is part of the disordered eating for another, how do we walk this path with our clients in real time? And how do we do this in a higher level of care as we navigate the unique challenges within a diverse community of clients? Can we guide our clients to discover their truth without our own biases interfering with the recovery progress? Join Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD-S as she discusses lessons learned in real-time from clients with eating disorders in residential level of care within a mixed client community in which some follow veganism, and others do not, but all are seeking full recovery from an eating disorder.
CPE Level: 1
Performance Indicators: 8.2.1, 8.2.3, 8.3.6
- Reflect on the most current research on veganism and eating disorders through an objective yet discerning lens
- Compare shifts in perspectives of ED dietitians treating vegan clients over the past year through a national survey
- Learn from real client case studies that reveal the challenges and rewards of navigating veganism and eating disorders simultaneously in a higher level of care
Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD, LD
Tammy has practiced as a registered, licensed dietitian specializing in eating disorders within multiple levels of treatment over three decades. As the first eating disorder dietitian certified with IAEDP in 1993, she served on the Certification Committee nine years, becoming Director from 2013-2017 during which the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) designation for RDNs practicing in the field of eating disorders. Tammy joined Alsana Eating Recovery Communities in 2015 and currently serves as Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services. As part of Alsana's Adaptive Care Model, Tammy led the development of Alsana's residential and day treatment programming for clients who follow a vegan lifestyle and seek full recovery from an eating disorder. Due to her work in this field, Tammy received the Excellence in Practice in Eating Disorders award from Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group in 2016 and is one of the three co-authors of the newly updated AND Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance (SOP/SOPP) for dietitians treating eating disorders published in November 2020. Tammy enjoys translating evidence-based science into practical and insightful messages for clients to begin healing their relationship with food and body and for clinicians to incorporate into their own practices.