1st Annual Food Addiction Conference

The Missing Piece in Response to the Obesity Epidemic:
Diagnosing and Treating Food Addiction

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
University Campus, Amphitheatre I
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
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Sponsored by 
Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School and 
The Food Addiction Institute

 Registration Form

Agenda Program Description, Target Audience
and Objectives
Registration Fee Deadline CME/CE Credits
Cancellation Policy Weather Emergency Policy Comfort Further Information/
Special Needs
Statement on Faculty
and Provider Disclosure

Program Description and Target Audience

The 1st Annual Food Addiction Conference is a one-day conference that will bring together psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, substance abuse treatment professionals, mental health counselors and others to learn the most up-to-date science on food addiction, proper diagnosis, and treatment options for people that are addicted to one or more foods.

Objectives: This one day conference is designed to help participants:

  1. Summarize research to date on food addiction and its implications for obesity treatment.
  2. Recognize differences between "simple" physical obesity, eating disorders and biomedical dependency on one or more foods.
  3. Discuss available treatment options to address food addiction. 


8:00-8:30 AM Registration/Light Breakfast  
8:30-8:45 AM  Introductions and Welcome  
8:45-10:30 AM Overview of Food Addiction - Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH
Empirical Evidence of Food Addiction - Nicole Avena, PhD
10:30-10:45 AM Break  
10:45 AM-12:30 PM Treatment for Food Addiction - Phil Werdell, MA
Background on ADDIS-Sugar Diagnosis Protocol - Bitten Jonsson, RN
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch  
1:30-2:45 PM Workshop Block I
  1. Why Diets Fail- Nicole Avena, PhD
  2. Introduction to Using the ADDIS- Sugar Diagnosis Protocol - Bitten Jonsson, RN
  3. Complexities of Active Food Addiction & Eating Disorders - Phil Werdell, MA
  4. Mindful Eating - Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH; Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD; Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
  5. Professional Food Addiction Treatment: A Panel - Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir, MSc; Mary Foushi, BS; Marty Lerner, PhD; Lori Herold, RDN; Carrie Willey, PhD., LPC; Michael Prager, BS, Moderator
  6. Principles of Successful Recovery Food Plans - Theresa Wright, MS
2:45-3:00 PM Break


3:00–4:15 PM Workshop Block II
  1. No Silver Bullet: Medications for Obesity and Food Addiction - Vera Tarman, MD
  2. Introduction to Using the ADDIS- Sugar Diagnosis Protocol - Bitten Jonsson, RN
  3. Complexities of Active Food Addiction & Eating Disorders – Phil Werdell, MA
  4. How to Establish a Practice to Help Food Addicted Clients - Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir, MS
  5. Mindful Eating - Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH; Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD; Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
  6. 12-Step Fellowships for Food: A Panel - Overeaters Anonymous (OA); Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA); Recovery From Food Addiction, Inc. (RFA); Michael Prager, BS, Moderator
4:15-4:30 PM Evaluation/Wrap-Up  

Registration Fee: $99
. Registrations should not be mailed unless receipt can be guaranteed by October 14, 2014. There will be no on-site registration.

This fee includes cost of registration, light breakfast and lunch. (Note: We suggest anyone with particular food allergies or specific need for food abstinence bring their own food).

Deadline: Pre-registration will be closed when space is full or at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the latest. Registration should not be mailed unless receipt before that time is guaranteed. On-site registration will not be accepted.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration before October 14, 2014 your fee is refundable less a processing charge. After that date, no refunds will be given for any reason—including weather and other emergencies. Substitutions are always acceptable with prior notification.

Weather Emergency Policy: While the probability of delay or cancellation of the conference is highly unlikely, we recognize that we are all subject to the vagaries of New England weather. If a weather emergency does occur, and you are in doubt as to whether or not the course will be held, call (508) 856-8786 before 4 p.m. on October 21, 2014.

Comfort: Business casual is very appropriate for this conference. Although every attempt will be made to ensure the comfort of our attendees, we suggest that you may wish to bring a sweater/jacket if you tend to be chilly.

Further Information and Special Needs: Conference site is an accessible, barrier-free location. Individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments, call (508) 856-8786 for assistance.

Statement on Faculty Disclosure: The University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education requires the financial disclosure of any relevant financial interest or other relationship that a faculty member or activity planner has with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) discussed in the educational presentation. All faculty and activity planners are required to comply and will not be able to participate in the educational activity unless they do so. Faculty members are also required to disclose if the product being addressed is not labeled for the use under discussion. Compliance that this disclosure has taken place must be documented.

Continuing Medical Education
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

This offering meets the requirements for up to 7.8 contact hours, as specified by the Massachusetts board of Registration in Nursing (244-CMR 5.04).

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 6.0 continuing education credits (CE) for psychologists. 

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
The Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, Inc. approves this activity for 6.0 contact hours.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals will be eligible for 6.5 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.