Newswise — Reston, VA. April 13, 2016. Eating disorders know no boundaries. They affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. To assist the professional community in learning more about how to treat diverse individuals with eating disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders will host the 2016 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) May 5-7 2016 in San Francisco, California. The mission of The Academy for Eating Disorders is to bring together the collective expertise of eating disorders professionals from around the globe to share knowledge, research, and best treatment practices. ICED this year is a reflection of the Academy’s aggressive approach to addressing worldwide challenges such as high costs of care, inaccessibility of care, and public awareness of eating disorders,” stated Dr. Marisol Perez, of the AED and conference co-chair.

The ICED will offer over 30 workshops presented by international experts to assist professionals in dealing with an array of issues and clients from diverse backgrounds. Consistent with the conference theme, Building Bridges Across the World, a variety of workshops will be offered covering complex clinical issues affecting diverse populations. Workshop topics include: treating eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish community; including clients’ male loved ones in treatment; diverse cultural views on eating disorders and how this influences care; treatment of children under 12; medical and psychiatric emergencies; and trauma and eating disorders.

Leading expert Dr. Christopher Fairburn (Oxford University) will be providing a workshop on Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adolescents and Dr. Joanna Steinglass (New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University) will be presenting a workshop on how to help individuals with anorexia nervosa change habitual behaviors. The conference also provides extensive networking opportunities for professionals to meet, collaborate, and discuss how to provide the highest quality care for patients with eating disorders.

More information about the full ICED 2016 program is accessible on the AED website ( @AEDweb and hashtag #ICED2016 to find out the latest conference news.

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The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is an international professional association committed to the leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. The goal of the AED is to provide global access to knowledge, research, and best treatment practice for eating disorders. For additional information, please contact Elissa Myers at (703) 626-9087 and visit the AED website at