Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in the United States
This presentation will focus on current controversies and ethical issues in the treatment of eating disorders on a few key issues in the field. First the presentation will focus on a lack of training opportunities in empirically supported treatment modalities both in graduate programs and for current practitioners treating patients in the community. Second, the presentation will touch upon the ethics of exposure therapy in the treatment of eating disorders, including providing regular weight feedback to patients, a practice that has been controversial in the field. Third the presentation will discuss the way in which most patients receive treatment for eating disorders in the United States compared to expert recommendations of “best practices.” This discussion will focus on ways in which the current climate of managed health care has impacted treatment options for patients in the United States.