Eating Disorders 2.0




This course examines binge eating, overeating, obesity, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia, as well as assessment parameters, treatment considerations, biblical solutions specifically for Christian clients and practical solutions for those who work with this broader population. Mental health providers will learn how to deal with these potentially life-threatening mental health issues that affect a person’s emotional and physical well-being.

Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Identify the symptoms and risks of eating disorders
  2. Describe the medical issues associated with eating disorders
  3. Create a treatment plan that encompasses medical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives to bring about healing for Christian clients

Course Descriptions and Lessons

ED20 101: Introduction to Eating Disorders: Risk Factors, Etiology, and Assessment
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
What causes a 16-year-old to jeopardize her health by repeated laxative abuse? What makes an honor student starve herself to the point of serious metabolic imbalance? What motivates a young adult to think only of her next binge? The answers have to do with a major public health problem called eating disorders. The course, as well as this specific session address the symptoms of common eating disorders and discuss the possible causes and risks for these disorders.

Runtime: 52 minutes 46 seconds


ED20 102: Medical Implications and Health Risks of Anorexia and Bulimia
Kim Dennis, M.D.
This session discusses eating disorders and the prevalence of each of the most common diagnoses. Further, mortality and comorbidity rates are detailed, as many clients may suffer from multiple disorders simultaneously. Medical complications associated with eating disorders are common and not as well known, including gastrointestinal problems and risk of cancer, osteopenia and osteoporosis, dermatological symptoms, and anemia.

Runtime: 52 minutes 41 seconds


ED20 103: Eating Disorders and Whole Person Care
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
Eating disorder treatment has often been seen through either the medical lens of a physician or the psychological lens of the therapist, with little coordination between the two. This session discusses why it takes more than a single professional to support recovery from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are viewed from a multi-causal perspective, looking at how emotional, relational, physical and spiritual factors for Christian clients that are involved in both the genesis of the disorder and the path to recovery.

Runtime: 50 minutes 4 seconds


Continuing Education

2.5 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

2.5 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: