Understanding Eating Disorders and How to Intervene

Presenter: Hue-Sun Ahn, Ph.D.
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Dr. Ahn helped us to understand the different types of eating disorders and their diagnostic criteria. She explained some of possible risk factors in eating disorders; social, cultural, racial and biological. Dr. Ahn gave suggestions on how to guide someone who is suspected of having an eating disorder to seek professional help.


  1. KelleyT says:

    Talk a little more about what a teacher or school counselor can do to support a child diagnosed with an eating disorder.

  2. DrAhn says:

    If you are a teacher, I would suggest that you consult with the school counselor or psychologist. If the child already has a therapist, you may also want to consult with his/her therapist for specific suggestions for that child. Since eating disorders are more about the underlying emotional distresses, instead of overfocusing on issues of food, weight, and exercise, help the child talk more about their emotional and relational distresses. Assist the student in developing healthy relationships with their peers since EDs also are often related to interpersonal difficulties and issues around self-esteem. Help the child develop interest, confidence and competence in some area of his/her life so that their body/eating isn’t the only source of coping for them.