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IAEDP Event: Athletes and Eating Disorders

May 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Presents

Athletes and Eating Disorders

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30pm
Location: Mercer Island Community Center

Athletes with eating disorders represent a special subpopulation of eating disorder patients that requires specialized approaches to identification, management, treatment, and prevention. Because athletes have the same risk factors as non-athletes, as well as additional risk factors that are unique, or specific to, the sport environment, they are assumed to be at increased risk. The first presentation by Ron Thompson will focus on those sport-specific risk factors. Unhealthy exercise is often a part of the eating disorder symptom complex. In the second presentation, Opal’s Kara Bazzi will discuss the issues related to exercise for an athlete with an eating disorder, as well as other treatment considerations. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.


8:45-9am Registration, food (15 min)
9am-9:15 announcements
9:15am-10:15am Presentation (1hr)
10:15-10:30am food, break (15 min)
10:30-11:30 Presentation (1hr)
11:30-12:00pm Q & A (30 min)
12:00pm-12:30pm Networking (30 min)


Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. List and explain the sport-specific risk factors for the development of an eating disorder in athletes.
    2. Identify issues within the sport environment that can complicate/interfere with the identification of eating disorders among athletes.
    3. Explain how body image issues such as competitive thinness and revealing sport attire interact within sport to produce unhealthy body comparisons.
    4. Describe the qualitative aspects of exercise that are associated with increased disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.
    5. List key treatment considerations associated with compulsive exercise.
    6. Describe therapeutic tools/interventions that address the key treatment considerations related to compulsive exercise.

Rsvp to iaedppugetsound@gmail.com (rates will be $10 higher at the door).


2.5 CEs pending for psychologists, therapists, and dietitians
$25 Students & Medical Providers; $40 Members; $60 Non-Members. No refunds.


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Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS  is a psychologist in Bloomington, Indiana, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. He is also a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and has served as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA and on the Female Athlete Triad with the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOCMC). He coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the IOC MC’s Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad, the NCAA Coaches Handbook: Managing the Female Athlete Triad, and Managing Student-Athletes’ Mental Health Issues for the NCAA. Dr. Thompson recently became a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force as the eating disorder representative on the committee. Dr. Thompson also assisted in the development of the Healthy Body Image Project for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. His publications include the books Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends, Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders, The Exercise Balance, and Eating Disorders in Sport. He has presented lectures and workshops at more than 110 regional, national, and international meetings, including presentations at the United States Olympic Training Center, the Dutch Olympic Training Center, and the Swedish Sports Federation. He is also co-founder of the Victory Program, a multi-level eating disorder treatment program designed specifically for athletes.

Kara Bazzi Opal Eating Disorder Treatment LeadershipKara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS , is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  with thirteen years of clinical experience, focusing her work on the treatment of eating disorders. Kara has strong local ties; having graduated with honors from University of Washington with a degree in psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She and Julie Church, RD founded the Eating Disorder Program at the Seattle Pacific University’s Counseling Center, a multidisciplinary program that offered comprehensive care for the undergraduate student population. From 2004 to 2011, Kara was in private practice offering individual, family, couple, and group outpatient therapy. She is an approved supervisor through the State of Washington, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a member of National Eating Disorders Association, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. One of Kara’s passions and interests is working with athletes. As a former University of Washington cross country and track athlete, she continues to compete in sports, both as a passion and also to stay connected with the athletic mindset and lifestyle. She has developed the Exercise + Sport program at Opal to ensure that clients relationship to sport and exercise is an integral part of their treatment.




May 19, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States
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