Helpful Resources About Eating Disorders

Introducing Dr. DeSarbo

Meet Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, the host of this NeuroSeries, a psychiatrist and eating disorder specialist, and the Medical Director of ED-180 Treatment Programs in New York. Dr. DeSarbo discusses how he entered the field and his interest in translating the eating disorder research.

Introduction to the Neuroscience of Eating Disorders

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo gives this introduction to how an eating disorder is all about changes in the brain and central nervous system structure resulting in all consuming thoughts about the eating disorder and how changes in the brain effect all organ system in the body.

The Neuroscience of ED Research

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the emergence of research based evidence regarding eating disorders, especially with the advancement of brain imaging technology and the study of the neuroscience with eating disorders as well as studies on genetics and heritability. Understanding the differences in a healthy functioning brain and a brain compromised with an eating disorder. Examples of research studies and how that applies to clinical treatment is discussed.

Neuro-Biological Findings

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses some more of the neurobiological findings that are unique to individuals with eating disorders and lead to changes with changes in the brain and central nervous system. More examples of research studies and how that applies to the types of behaviors and thought processes that are present and how these finding are helpful with clinical treatment.

Children & Adolescents

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses findings unique with children, adolescents and teenagers with eating disorders including the need for early detection and long-term consequences of the neurobiological changes that can take place at early ages.

Neurobiology of Binge Eating

Dr. DeSarbo discusses specific findings with the brain and central nervous system and how the brain is wired with binge eating that contributes to its onset and perpetuation. Brain functioning that promotes the drives to binge eat are discussed.

Neurobiology of Bulimia Nervosa

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the neurobiology of bulimia nervosa and the unique brain and central nervous findings with this eating disorder. Learn how findings with certain nerves perpetuate binge/purge behaviors and how that can effect treatment selection.

Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa

Dr. DeSarbo discusses some of the findings that lead to a compromised brain secondary to deprivation from nutritional deficiencies and related behaviors in anorexia nervosa and the changes to the brain and its chemistry that result.

Neurobiology of Body Image

Dr. DeSarbo discusses the neurobiological findings in patient with eating disorders who struggle with body image distortions and distress including changes in cerebral blood flow patterns and regional brain volume loss that drives one for thinness. Also discussed is differences in the male and female brain and body image distress.

Psychology and Therapy

Dr Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses psychotherapy from a neuroscience perspective and how therapy effects the brain. Some insights into the obstacles in therapy are presented as well as psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for eating disorders are discussed.

Neurobiology of Medications

Dr. DeSarbo discusses from a psychiatrist and ED specialist point of view how medications may help, as well as their substantial limitations, when working with eating disorders. Discussions include expectations with medications when used as a part of the eating disorder treatment.

Neurobiology of Thought Control

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses how mindfulness training is a very important part of a treatment plan that often is neglected with patients. Research on the effectiveness of meditation on the brain is discussed as well as other mindful training techniques such as biofeedback and neurofeedback with eating disorders.

Neuro-Medical Connection

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the unique interplay between the brain and nervous system and all of the other body's system such as the gastrointestinal system, cardiac system, endocrine system and others. This lecture demonstrates how and eating disorder is both a medical condition and a psychiatric condition and how each effects the other.

Neurobiology of Nutrition

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo presents an atypical discussion on nutrition with eating disorders. Nutrition here is presented from an important neurobiological chemistry perspective. Examples of how individual nutrients play a role in specific brain and neurological process are covered. A discussion about the importance of refeeding with anorexia nervosa and the need for trained clinicians in the process is briefly discussed as well.

The Family Support System

A video on the importance of family support with a loved one with an eating disorder. Discussing studies on caregiving, a family systems approach and things to do and not to do when living with a loved one with an eating disorder.

Body Image Surveillance Scale Explained

Dr. DeSarbo shares a screening scale he developed for monitoring body image distress and distortion called the Body Image Surveillance Scale (BISS). This video explains how to use this scale to follow patient progress and how to obtain a copy of the scale.

The Weight Loss Shots Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro: Controversy and Understanding with Their Use

Dr. DeSarbo presents on the diabetes/weight-loss medications Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro which have been hot topics in the media. This presentation attempts to provide factual, objective information about how these medications work, what are the side effects and risks and what types of considerations need to be evaluated when prescribing for diabetes and weight-loss.  A special discussion on the risk and controversy surrounding these medication with the eating disorder population.

Special Concerns with COVID-19 and Eating Disorders

A brief presentation about some special considerations with COVID-19 in patients with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa from Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, Psychiatrist, Eating Disorder Specialist and Medical Director of ED-180.

Eating Disorders and COVID-19 Update: Patients Positive

A follow up video on the impact of COVID-19 with eating disorder patients including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and OSFED. Dr. DeSarbo discusses case studies in his practice and encourage others to keep track and screen in their patient population to benefit the clinicians practice and possibly offer data in the future.