Real Food for Real Life: Learning How to Prevent and Solve Childhood and Teen Eating Problems

March 15 9:30 am


Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

According to the CDC, 1 and 5 school age children and young people has obesity. Almost half of children between 1st-3rd grade want to be thinner and half of 9-10 year old girls are dieting. Unsurprisingly then, almost 90% of the adult female population has disordered eating. Despite the evidence that curing problematic eating patterns requires cognitive and behavioral interventions, there is little information beyond the focus on food itself, that helps to inform and offer help to families who worry and struggle with children and teens who develop problems with compulsive overeating, obesity, restrictiveness, anorexia, bulimia and a general anxiety and over preoccupation with food at the expense of other aspects of their development.

This workshop will look at feeding children and teens from a cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral and nutritional lens, and will focus on giving participants the skills to help individuals, families, teachers, and/or administrators to either develop programs, and/or work with clients directly to prevent and/or cure eating problems.

Workshop Description
This workshop integrates a combination of Didactic Lecture, Psycho-Education, (PowerPoint), Case Discussion and Discussion. Each section of the course will be devoted to didactic lecture, while weaving in clinical experience, and a good degree of Q &A and case discussion for participants. Specific exercises will be taught and simulated in vivo. Ways to creatively apply the information given in the course to diverse settings and populations; i.e. physicians, schools, child agencies, family agencies along with clinical direct practice with families and children will be discussed.