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March 3, 2019

When Pseudoscience Becomes Trendy: An Exploration of Clean Eating, False Health Claims and Eating Disorder Risk (1.5 CEU)

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Suman Ambwani, Ph.D.

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019 we invite you to join us for a FREE educational event...

pictures of green foods with event title overlay: When Pseudoscience Becomes Trendy

This joint community/professional event will delve into the allure of "clean eating" and other pop culture health trends while breaking down the research on their outcomes and the potential eating disorder risks associated with them. During her talk, Dr. Ambwani will introduce ideas on how to reduce eating disorder risk by shifting the focus from individual to systemic factors. Time for audience discussion and Q&A will follow.

Join us after the presentation for refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the speaker, local colleagues and the CED staff. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Keynote Presentation, Audience Q&A, Casual Reception to follow 
Doors Open at 1:30 PM for check-in and registration 

The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
6501 N. Charles St., Towson, MD 21204

This event is FREE but space is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure availability of seats and materials. RSVP HERE (or click the register button above) to reserve your seat today. 



Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested in health and nutrition for themselves or family members
Teens and Parents, Partners and Spouses
Health Teachers, School Counselors, School Administrators 
Coaches, Fitness Professionals, Dietitians 
Therapists, Health & Mental Health Professionals
Individuals at any stage of recovery from an eating disorder 

This is a great event for anyone feeling the pressures of the social dieting scene, the barrage of online nutrition advice and the ever changing advice of social media influencers. Professionals in any capacity who are helping students, patients or clients toward healthier lives will also benefit.

This event is approved for 1.5 CEU hours for Psychologists, Social Workers and  Counselors. Pre-registration is REQUIRED for professional attendees seeking continuing education credits. 

Learning Objectives:
Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize past research on dieting as a risk factor for eating disorders.
  2. Describe the nature of and potential risks associated with “clean eating.”
  3. Identify strategies to reduce eating disorder risk by targeting broader systemic factors.         

Psychologist Statement:Sheppard Pratt Health System is authorized by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  Sheppard Pratt Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 CEU hours for Psychologists. Psychologists should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Social Worker Statement:Sheppard Pratt Health System is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers.  Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. This activity is approved for 1.5 CEU contact hours in Category 1 credits for Social Workers.

Counselor Statement Sheppard Pratt Health System has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5098.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Sheppard Pratt Health System is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  This activity is available for 1.5 NBCC clock hours.


Suman Ambwani, Ph.D.

Suman Ambwani, PH.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology at Dickinson College and the Principal Investigator for the Clinical Assessment and Research (CARE) lab. In her work, Dr. Ambwani examines factors associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorders, particularly cultural features such as fat-shaming environments and pseudoscientific diet fads. Her current research also focuses on targeting systemic factors in an effort to prevent eating disorders on a broader scale and thus improve population health. In 2016, Dr. Ambwani was presented with Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, the only student-bestowed teaching award at Dickinson College.



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