Given the complexity and nature of eating disorders, this presentation seeks to shed light on the growing continuum of research pointing to the “addictive” elements driving pathological overeating and the regulation of appetite.
We will discuss the prevailing definition of substance dependency as it applies to substances of abuse, the biological characteristics of the “addict”, and what these have in common with disordered eating.
• Defining “Addiction”, Dependency, and per DSM V “Substance Use”
• Brain Mapping, Down Regulation of Dopamine Receptors: A Review of the research supporting the brain disease/addiction perspective. Explanation of “tolerance” regarding food consumption
• The APA Criteria for Substance Dependency and how it may relate to each DSM V Eating Disorder listed. Binge Eating Disorder – Bulimia – Anorexia [purging and restricting type] – ED, NOS
• The implications for treatment protocols
About the Speaker
Dr. Lerner is the CEO of the Milestones in Recovery Eating Disorders Program located in Cooper City, Florida. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1980. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health, and ABC’s Nightline as well authored several publications related to eating disorders in the professional literature, national magazines, and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Orlando and Hollywood Sun Sentinels. He is the author of “A Guide to Eating Disorder Recovery: Defining the Problem and Finding the Solution”, 2016. Dr. Lerner is an active “mentor” for the Florida Professionals Recovery Program where Milestones hosts twice weekly support groups for the South Florida area.