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Eating Disorder
Awareness Week

EDCI is thrilled to announce a two day event with renowned expert and speaker, Ragen Chastain! 

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Weight and Healthcare: 
Eliminating Weight Stigma and Promoting Weight-Neutral Care in Eating Disorders Treatment

Save the Date!

March 1st and 2nd, 2024

Grand View University


March 1st

Join EDCI for a full day of continuing education led by speaker, writer, thought leader and all-around methodology rock star, Ragen Chastain.

Six CE credit hours are pending approval. Medical providers, nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and allied professionals are encouraged to attend. 

All professional participants and the general public can purchase tickets and register for the event at our conference site. Cancellations will be refunded up to one week prior to the event.

Registration Fee for Continuing Education:

General Provider: $120    EDCI Professional Member: $96   Community Member (no CEU): $30


8:00 - 8:25 AM
8:25 - 8:30 AM
8:30 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 10:15 AM
10:15 - 11:45 AM


11:45 - 1:15 PM

1:15 - 2:45 PM
2:45 - 3:00 PM
3:00 - 4:30 PM
4:30 - 4:35 PM

4:35 - 6:00 PM

Attendee Check-in

Opening Remarks
The World is Messed Up, You Are Fine
Understanding the Research Around Weight And Health

Lunch Break

Weight Bias in Healthcare
Size Acceptance and Eating Disorders: A Critical, Crucial, Core Conversation
Closing Remarks
Provider Social


1)  Upon completion of this learning activity, learners will be able to define and recognize the various types of weight stigma and bias, explain their impact on eating disorders patients, practitioners, and caregivers, and reduce or eliminate weight stigma and bias in their practices.

2)  After completing this training, participants will be able to distinguish between the weight-centric and weight-neutral paradigms and explain and apply the current weight science research to them in order to provide ethical, evidence-based care.

3)  Upon completing this workshop, learners will be able to select and employ weight-neutral methodologies in their eating disorders practice.

Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, researcher, Board Certified Patient Advocate, multi-certified health and fitness professional, and thought leader in weight science, weight stigma, health, and healthcare. Utilizing her background in research methods and statistics, Ragen has brought her signature mix of humor and hard facts to healthcare, corporate, conference, and college audiences from Kaiser Permanente and the Diabetes Education Specialists National Conference, to Amazon and Google, to Dartmouth, Cal Tech and canfitpro. Author of the Weight and Healthcare newsletter, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, co-author of HAES Health Sheets, and editor of the anthology The Politics of Size, Ragen is frequently featured as an expert in print, radio, television, and documentary film. In her free time, Ragen is a national dance champion, triathlete, and marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon, and co-founded the Fit Fatties Facebook group which has over 11,000 members. Ragen lives in LA with her fiancée Julianne and their adorable dog. 


March 2nd

Community members, folks in recovery, caregivers, educators, and friends are welcome to gather on Saturday to hear Ragen Chastain provide a keynote talk. 

Additional informational and interactive sessions will follow. 

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