Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

SCAN Education Session: Unmasking & Understanding BED

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.:  Sponsored SCAN Afternoon Session
Presenter: Jean Owen Curran, MS, RDN, LDN
Location: Marriott Marquis | Marquis Ballroom 3-4


Registration is required. The educational afternoon session is FREE to both SCAN members and non-members!


Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was first recognized as an eating disorder in its own right in 2013 when it was added to the DSM-5.  Today, it is estimated that nearly 3% of Americans suffer from Binge Eating Disorder (BED) in their lifetime, making it the most prevalent of all eating disorders.  Yet, a lack of awareness and understanding of this disease persists among patients and health professionals alike.  BED can easily fly under the radar, as those suffering from the disorder are typically reluctant to disclose their behaviors to their medical team.  Meanwhile, health practitioners may not adequately screen for such behaviors and jump to weight loss and disease management in lieu of eating disorder treatment.
  1. Spot the subtle signs of BED and provide introductory BED education to others  
  2. Gain insight into the unique challenges that face this patient population, from identifying BED-specific eating behaviors, to learning how to manage both ED treatment and comorbid disease management
  3. Implement targeted nutrition interventions for BED and related disorders
  4. Determine if and when a patient needs a higher level of care and how to guide them appropriate treatment  

Jean Owen Curran is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist.  She graduated from Miami University in 2006 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Virginia the following year.  She later earned her Master of Science in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University in Boston and went on to work in nutrition communication and public relations for Quaker Oats in Chicago in 2010.  Jean has continued working in health promotion and nutrition counseling in Chicago ever since.  She worked at Rush University Medical Center in their outpatient Nutrition & Wellness Center providing medical nutrition therapy to clients for a range of health needs, including weight management, diabetes management, cancer treatment and recovery, and eating disorder recovery.  In May of 2015, she joined Eating Recovery Center and has worked as a nutrition therapist for adult and adolescent patients in all ERC and Insight programs.She currently works as in both patient counseling and community and professional outreach for the Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery (BETR) program.