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HNFE 5984: Body Image and Disordered Eating

Concentration: Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity
Credits:  3 graduate credit(s)


This course will provide a comprehensive overview of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image from a Health at Every Size ® and anti-diet lens.  Screening, assessing, and treating eating disorders will also be discussed, as well as prevention and advocacy for eating and body concerns. The course is designed for students to gain knowledge and skills in research and professional practice related to eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image among diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish between body image concerns, dieting, disordered eating, and clinically diagnosable eating disorders, including the influence of diet culture, fatphobia, and weight bias/stigma.
  • Apply best practices for screening and assessing eating disorders, as well as identifying medical complications related to eating disorder recovery.
  • Integrate current treatment recommendations and research-based evidence to develop appropriate interventions, including collaborative approaches and treatment teams, for eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns.
  • Construct a toolkit of evidence-based resources for future professional experiences with disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image issues, including prevention and advocacy work.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Jennie Zabinsky