About this event

  • Date and time Tue 21 Feb 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Food and Health

Eating disorders pose a significant risk to long-term health and quality of life for anyone suffering from them. This event aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge, tools, and information needed to provide optimal care to patients with eating disorders and support interested parties such as family members.

Attendees will learn about the prevalence of eating disorders, the risks and benefits of social media, recent developments in treatment options, and how people with eating disorders perceive interventions. 

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the current prevalence and incidence of eating disorders
  • Explore the genetic and metabolic risk factors of eating disorders
  • Learn about the developments in treatments and reinforce knowledge about current successful treatment options
  • Be informed on the risks and benefits of social media and how to advise patients on managing social media interactions.
  • Be made aware of the community support from the third sector for patients suffering from eating disorders and how you can enable patients to use these support structures.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Leigh Gibson, President, Food and Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1

Common, but invisible? Incidence, prevalence, and hidden burden of eating disorders

Dr Francesca Solmi, Associate Professor, University College London 

Genetics: Are there joint psychiatric and metabolic underpinnings across eating disorders?

Professor Gerome Breen, Professor of Psychiatric Genetics, King’s College London 

Panel discussion
Comfort break
Body image, eating disorders and the metaverse: Current science on risk and protective factors and tools to enhance well-being

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs, Professor in Psychology, University of the West of England

Improving inpatient treatment for severe eating disorders by integrating enhanced cognitive-behavioural therapy

Dr Agnes Ayton, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Panel discussion

Session 2

The power of lived experience to guide research and treatment

Professor Janet Treasure, Professor of Adult Psychiatry, King’s College London and Ms Johanna Keeler, PhD student, King’s College London 

First episode rapid early Intervention (FREED) for eating disorders – from theory to practice. An overview of an early intervention pathway

Dr Giulia Di Clemente, Senior Counselling Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 

Panel discussion
Comfort break
Novel brain-targeted treatments for eating disorders

Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders, King’s College London

The charity Beat’s role in supporting people affected by eating disorders

Sandie Barton, Deputy Director of Services, Beat Charity

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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