Webinar recorded on Thursday 23rd of February, 2017
Eating disorders and obesity are usually seen as very different presentations, with different approaches to treatment and prevention, and even different fields dedicated to both research and intervention. Given the similarities between the two along with the well documented trend for individuals to move from one to other, might both fields benefit from exploring the shared space between the two? In considering doing so, what potential issues might researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and (most importantly) clients face?
Having completed her Doctorate of Clinical and Health Psychology on the topic of obesity, weight management, and dieting whilst also directing a private clinic devoted to prevention and treatment of eating disorders, Dr Kiera Buchanan has come to be especially interested in the commonalities displayed by clients who present for treatment with concerns at the opposite end of a weight-related spectrum.
In this webinar, Kiera will attempt to explore the similarities and differences between eating disorders and obesity along with some of the potentials and pitfalls of developing a shared understanding and approach to them both?
Dr. Kiera Buchanan is a Clinical and Health Psychologist as well as the Founding Director of Centre for Integrative Health; a multidisciplinary clinic devoted to eating and weight concern in Brisbane. Her research and clinical practice focus on eating behavior and weight concerns, both at a clinical and sub-clinical level. She has conducted research in interventions for overweight and obese populations. These interventions support individuals through shifting the focus away from dieting, reducing weight/shape preoccupation, and increasing engagement in compassionate (not critical) physical and emotional health behaviours. Kiera has published papers and delivered workshops as well as conference presentations on the topics of dieting, self-compassion, and eating/weight concerns.