March 16-17, 201810. Wiener Fortbildungskongress
"Essstörungen & assoziierte Krankheitsbilder"


Veranstalter: Univ.-Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie & Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Ort: Medizinische Universität Wien, AKH, Kliniken am Südgarten, Hörsaal A
Wissenschaftliche Leitung & Organisation: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz, Ass.-Prof. Mag.a Gudrun Wagner, Ursula Bailer,


March 8-10, 20181st International Conference of the European Chapter - Academy for Eating Disorders

Venue: Rome, Italy
Details: here


March 8, 2018Ausstellungseröffnung am Weltfrauentag

Einmalige Gelegenheit diesen sehenswerten Überblick über die Frauenbewegung in Geschichte und Gegenwart zu betrachten.
Ort: 1090 Wien, Wilhelm Exnergasse 34
Veranstalter: in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres.
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January 26, 2018UND WAS NUN? Schwierige Phasen im therapeutischen Prozess

Ort: Kardinal König Haus; 1130 Wien, Kardinal-König-Platz 3
Anmeldung: intakt Therapiezentrum für Menschen mit Essstörungen unter


October 2017The 25th Jubilee International Conference:

31% of girls from 10-18 years as a risk group

News 2017 [PDF]


March 10-11, 20179. Wiener Fortbildungskongress "Essstoerungen & assoziierte Krankheitsbilder"

Veranstalter: Univ.-Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie & Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Ort: Medizinische Universität Wien, AKH, Kliniken am Südgarten, Hörsaal A
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz, Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie des Kindes- und Jugendalters, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Bailer, Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Mag. Dr. Gudrun Wagner


October 20 -22, 2016EXHIBITION at ED Alpbach 2016

BELLY TALES, A project of Gabriele Haselberger; Vienna (A)



15.04. – 16.04.2016 (14 AE Frei. 16.00h bis Sa. 19.00h)Mütter – Töchter – Dynamiken: Beziehungsdynamiken beim Frauenspezifischen Arbeiten mit Essstörungen

Dieses Seminar ist für Ausbildungskandidatinnen im Fachspezifikum Integrative Therapie als Wahlpflichtfach anrechenbar. Teilnahmegebühr: 320 € (ust frei); für Ausbildungskandidatinnen – 10%
Ort: Frauenberatung Wien, 1010 Wien, Seitenstettengasse 5/7
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11. und 12. März 2016Wiener Fortbildungskongress "Essstoerungen und assoziierte Krankheitsbilder"

Veranstalter: Univ.-Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie & Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Ort: Medizinische Universität Wien, AKH, Kliniken am Südgarten, Hörsaal A
Wissenschaftliche Leitung: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz, Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie des Kindes- und Jugendalters, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Bailer, Univ.-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Mag. Dr. Gudrun Wagner


3.-5. März 2016, Essen5. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Essstörungen

Informationen unter


15.10.-17.10.201531. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Adipositas-Gesellschaft (DAG), Berlin


April 24, 2015Roseneck-Prien // Kongressankündigung: Essstörungen

State of the Art: von der Wissenschaft in die Praxis
Schön Klinik Ronseneck


7. Wiener Fortbildungstagung

March 13–14, 20157. Wiener Fortbildungstagung "Essstörungen und assoziierte Krankheitsbilder"

7. Wiener Fortbildungstagung


March 20, 2014Newsletter of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders

Newsletter of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders focuses on obesity and eating disorders.


February 19, 2014Conference: Despite everything intact! Eating disorders in different stages of life.

Mag. Dr. Karin Waldherr, vice president of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ÖGES) and board member of the Network Eating Disorders (Netzwerk Essstörungen), held at the "intakt therapy center" in Vienna on 11th February 2014 a lecture on "eating disorders in menopause and beyond ".

You can find an article in the "Kurier" on this topic here PDF


November 19, 2013The 13th General Meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED)
Oslo, Norway; September 2013 – A Report

Colleagues – what makes the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) general meetings so special? In many ways, one could argue it’s just another in a long list of conferences related to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders that take place all across the world. The conferences are always organised to a very high level with much thought given to both the academic and social content of the meetings. Yet somehow, in the midst of each gathering of this unique ‘family’, something different emerges. Often, this appears to happen over coffee during a break in proceedings, or in the evenings at a social gathering or in a local hostelry. A casual observer, eavesdropping on a conversation, might be surprised to hear passionate debate taking place about an aspect of treatment or diagnosis or core understandings around epidemiology or causative factors in the world of eating disorders. And so, important relationships are both formed and maintained, and colleagues from all over the world (yes, ECED meetings are often peopled by those from other hemispheres!) get to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an ECED meeting.

This year, in the splendid setting of the Bristol Hotel in central Oslo, it was no exception. Finn Skårderud and his team accomplished the wonderful task of pulling together disparate groups from across Europe to share their knowledge and, most importantly, allow us to debate with those who work at ‘the cutting edge’ of research and treatment in order to enable us to bring that vital new information back to our various individual workplaces. The weather in Oslo was warmer that weekend than the south of France, so we had plenty of opportunity also to enjoy the delights of Norway’s capital city and environs. The stunning National Norwegian Opera House, where we gathered for the first evening was a delight, and many took the opportunity to walk on the roof (!) of the building upon the kind invitation of Tom Revlov, the director of the Den Norske Opera & Ballet, who gave a warm speech welcoming us to Oslo.

Then, on Friday and Saturday – we got down to the real business. The official opening was kindly delivered by  Roy Andersen, CEO Division of Mental Health and Addiction Marit Bjartveit at Oslo University Hospital. There followed a wonderful Smörgåsbord (or more correctly perhaps, in Norwegian, koldtbord) of plenary discussions on New Technology, New Challenges, and New Possibilities with Fernando Fernandez-Aranda (ES) presenting on Modern technology for affect regulation followed by Maria Munkesjö (SE) presenting on Virtual relationships: Chat at a voluntary service for eating disorders and finally, David Clinton (SE) presenting on An interpersonal perspective on new technologies.

Then, after refreshments, we were treated to a sizzling debate entitled “Eating Disorders are Brain Disorders” between Bryan Lask (UK) and Finn Skårderud (NO), and it was truly riveting. These two research giants gave it their all and in my mind, it was like watching a (academic) clash of the Titans. Wonderful stuff, and it was so elegantly moderated by Rachel Bryant-Waugh (UK). Judging by the debate among participants that followed, I somehow believe we will be returning to this topic again, and again. 

Four quite diverse concurrent sessions took up most of the afternoon before we were treated to a splendid ‘State of the Art’ presentation from Hubert Lacey (UK). The topic  - “The problems of failure. The potential for success in the treatment of Eating Disorders”, was delivered in a serious and engaging manner by Hubert, who expertly brought us through the challenges many clinicians face when dealing with those who fail to recover from what might be termed ‘standard’ approaches to treatment, especially in Anorexia Nervosa. Taking us through his own team’s most recent research into this area, we were challenged to consider not simply consigning ‘treatment failures’ to standard outpatient ‘treatment-as-usual’, but instead to take on the challenge of actively engaging these patients toward recovery. Hubert showed how this could be achieved by aiming toward firstly, retaining the patient in treatment by deliberately putting weight gain, as a specific goal, to one side. Thereafter direct attention is given to working at improvement of quality of life, harm minimisation, and avoidance of a sense of failure. This is no easy task, but it was clearly demonstrated this could be achieved with some effort. An interesting ‘side-effect’ for many of those in the study was that, they actually gained weight.

There followed a truly splendid banquet that Friday evening at Gamle Logen, where we all ate and drank to our hearts’ content and were wonderfully entertained by some of Norway’s finest classical music talent.

Day two opened with a plenary session and we heard excellent presentations on Recent Clinical Studies from Ivan Eisler (UK) speaking on Multi-family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa: results of a multi-centre treatment trial; Stig B. Poulsen and Susanne Lunn (DK) speaking on The Copenhagen bulimia trial and finally, Stephan Zipfel (DE) speaking on The ANTOP study - outpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa.

On Saturday, the second debate explored the thorny subject of “One disorder, one treatment?” with Riccardo Dalle Grave (IT) proposing the motion and David Clinton (SE) opposing. Ably chaired by Hubert Lacey (UK), both presented strong and compelling arguments and much debate followed among the participants. The result, when it came to a vote though, was overwhelmingly against the motion.
The afternoon was firstly covered by another round of diverse concurrent sessions followed by the final plenary session on Comorbidity and Therapeutic Implications. Øyvind Rø (NO) presented on  Treatment of eating disorder patients with personality disorders followed by Angela Favaro (IT) presenting on Anxiety, cognition and resistance to treatments in eating disorders  and finally, Johan Vanderlinden (B) delivered a very moving presentation on The psychotherapeutic treatment of eating disorders with a history of psychotrauma.

Our appetites truly sated, we moved on to the final business of ECED 2013 and that was to confirm Heidelberg, Germany as our host for ECED 2015 where the organiser will be Dr. Stefanie Bauer. The final date is to be confirmed, but as usual will take place in the autumn. Bryan Lask (UK) made a special plea for the future ECED meetings NOT to be held in the same week as the EDRS meetings. We also had requests to have 3 debates at future ECED meetings; have poster presentations, as this allows many to attend who cannot otherwise get funding; case presentations; more presentations on how to treat EDNOS and a consideration for future meetings to be budgeted at a cheaper cost to all.

Presentations were made too for hosting ECED 2017 and votes were taken for three candidate cities – Paris, Lund, and Vilnius. In the end it was decided that Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania would be the host city for ECED 2017 and the organiser will be Dr. Brigita Baks. We are very much looking forward to ECED coming to Germany for the first time in 2015 and also to the exciting prospect of meeting new colleagues from other areas when we meet in Vilnius in 2017.

We said our ‘goodbyes’ and fond farewells. Our thanks go out once again to Finn Skårderud and his team for a wonderful and successful meeting in Oslo. Once again, the bar has been set quite high but there is little doubt that there will be a lot of competition for attendance at ECED 2105 in Heidelberg.
Warm regards,
Gerry Butcher, Dublin (Ireland)


October 7, 2013The 13th General Meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED)
in Oslo 2013

The European Council on Eating Disorders took place in September, 12-14, 2013 in Oslo, Norway. The conference was opened by a speech of Tom Revlov, the director of the Den Norske Opera & Ballet, at the Norwegian National Opera. The following two conference days included three plenary sessions, two debates, one state of the art lecture and four parallel sessions on each of the two conference days and with three presentations per session.

In the plenary sessions the following themes were discussed: use of new technologies in treatment, comorbidities, results of randomized controlled clinical trials, and therapeutic implications – e.g. that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is more important for recovery from the disease than the form of therapy.

The first debate on Friday was moderated by Rachel Bryant-Waugh (UK) and had the title “Eating Disorders are Brain Disorders” with Bryan Lask (UK) as a proponent and Finn Skårderud (NO) as an opponent. The following discussion and voting of all meeting participants showed that around 60% shared the opinion that eating disorders are not brain disorders, but rather caused by psychosocial factors.

The second debate on Saturday was moderated by Hubert Lacey (UK). It had the title  “One Disorder. One Treatment” with Riccardo Dalle Grave (IT) as proponent and David Clinton (SE) as opponent. In the voting almost 95% voted against the view that all eating disorders can be treated with the same treatment method.

A honorary lecture entitled „The problems of failure. The potential for success in the treatment of Eating disorders” was held by Hubert Lacey (UK) at the end of the first congress day. This lecture focused  on treatment methods of severe eating disorders. Treatment in these cases should not focus on recovery directly, but rather on retention in treatment, improvement of quality of life, harm minimization, and avoidance of failure.

The four parallel sessions of the two conference days included lectures of international experts regarding biological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects, personality differences and comorbidities in eating disorder patients.

The Meeting  was topped by the Banquet on Friday, September, 13 at Gamle Lodge, the oldest venue for artistic and cultural events of Oslo. Overall, more than 180 international experts from 17 European countries as well as from Australia attended the conference at the Hotel Bristol in Oslo. At the end of the meeting, Heidelberg (DE), where the conference will be held in 2015, was briefly presented.. Afterwards, Vilnius (LT), Paris (FR) and Lund (SE) competed for the ECED 2017 meeting. The attendees voted for the organization of the conference in Vilnius/Lithuania in 2017. Brigita Baks, Head of the Dept. of Eating Disorders Center in Vilnius and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Eating Disorders will be the convenor and chair.

Overall, the conference was a highly successful meeting which consisted of many interesting presentations and discussions of international experts. We already look forward to attend the 14th European Council on Eating Disorders Meeting in Heidelberg (Germany) in 2015.

Nathalie Burkert, Graz (A)


Eating Disorders Alpbach 2012: The 20th International Conference
Health Promotion and Prevention of Eating Disorders and Obesity

Funded by Fonds Gesundes Österreich

Gefördert aus den Mitteln des Fonds Gesundes Österreich

The 20th Eating Disorders Alpach Meeting took place in Alpach, Tyrol, Austria in October 18–20, 2012 . The conference was hosted by Prof. Günther Rathner and organised by the non-profit institution Austrian Network Eating Disorders (Netzwerk Essstoerungen) in cooperation with the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED) and the Innsbruck Medical University. Since the very first conference in 1991, not only experts, but also sufferers and carers could attend, a novelty at that time. There was a large attendance at the conference, with 236 persons from 17 countries and three continents (Europe, America and Australia).

To celebrate the 20th meeting, the up-to-date topic of “Health Promotion and Prevention of Eating Disorders and Obesity” was chosen as the main theme. Thus, a triple milestone was set: First, Eating Disorders and Obesity have a lot in common, but are often not discussed in combination, therefore the intersecting sets have been showed. Second, the conference was an opportunity for networking and exchange of information between important stakeholders, which have been coexisting, but not working together: Experts for Eating Disorders and Obesity fields (Scientists, Therapists, Support Groups, people suffering from eating disorders, legal guardians and intrigued persons) and professionals for Public Health, Health Promotion and Primary Prevention. Third, the 3rd European Symposia for Patients- and Carer-Organisations was focusing on Health Promotion and Prevention, too. Initiatives of European organisations have been presented, for example: Susan Ringwood (BEAT, UK), Jacinta Hastings (Bodywhys, Ireland) and Jäger, Waldherr and Rathner from Austria. Four out of five keynote lectures concentrated on Health Promotion and Prevention, also 75% of the Teaching Day workshops and about 50% of paper, poster and workshop presentations at the conference.

Prof. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer (Minneapolis, USA) characterized common dieting as the problem – but not the solution – when it comes to both eating disorders and obesity in youth. Young people often engage in dieting behaviors or utilize unhealthy weight control behaviors in order to lose weight or keep from gaining weight. However, within the eating disorders field, there is concern about the high prevalence of dieting among adolescents given its associated dangers. Prof. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer utilized data from her 10-year longitudinal study to explore whether dieting is truly effective in terms of weight loss and weight gain prevention. In contrast to dieting, she favoured health-promoting behaviour, which is effective in the prevention of both eating disorders and obesity.

Prof. Michael Levine (Gambier, USA) has addressed the necessity of multi-level efforts in universal and selective prevention and health promotion, by various professionals and other citizens, to prevent eating disorders in females and males. Prevention is not a luxury that awaits clarification of the causes of eating disorders or refinements in treatments. In fact, no disease or disorder has ever been eliminated or contained by treatment – only by prevention, he pointed out. Thus, Levine focused on the way in which professionals in particular – physicians, psychologists, dietitians, nurses, teachers, etc. – must integrate the following: their own knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; their professional work with clients, peers and students; and political efforts to change unhealthy aspects of culture.

Prof. Beate Wimmer-Puchinger, Dr. Sc. and Michaela Langer, M.Sc. (Wiener Programm für Frauengesundheit) said it’s necessary to move forward change from behavioural prevention to situational prevention. Eating Disorders and Obesity are two sides of a coin. Dieting, body dissatisfaction, weight bullying and stigmatization, societal thinness delusions and obsessions, which are transported via media and contribute a massive, global increase of body-dissatisfaction, are main reasons for the increasing prevalence of eating disorders and obesity. After decades of interventions of behavioral prevention there is a need of interventions of situational prevention for the future in cooperation with health experts, economy, industry and politics. These dimensions of relations and social environments have to get stronger and more serious attention and have to be arranged at different levels. In the symposia “Prevention of eating disorders AND obesity – a mission impossible?” it has been showed that the social environment is the main reason for a manipulated body (thinness obsessions and denial of aging), especially for young girls and women. A contest for public schools in Vienna was introduced: “We like everyBODY: Our school without thinness obsessions”. Congratulations for this initiative, which aims at “Unity in Diversity”!

Edith Flaschberger, M.Sc. (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, Vienna, Austria) was talking about “Health promotion in schools as a promising concept for a prevention of eating disorders among pupils”. Specific prevention measures against eating disorders, or rather the common unreflected use of prevention measures against overweight and obesity in schools doesn’t prevent, but rather abets eating disorders. Thus stigmatization of non-normal-weight pupils or a negative relation to food can be a consequence. In contrast to prevention, the concept of health promotion primarily is striving to strengthen protective factors and to promote salutogenesis; the diminishment of risk factors, however, seems less important in this field. Health promotion in schools is a broad concept with the ambition to build a health promoting environment. Thus, self-confidence and self-esteem is strengthened, which serve as protecting factors against the development of eating disorders. To communicate competence, positive self-evaluation and self-determination is a holistic approach which not only improves school performance but also health and well-being of the pupils. Hence, eating disorders may be prevented by this approach.

Prof. Günther Rathner, Ph.D.
Innsbruck Medical University
Dept. of Psychological Medicine & Psychotherapy
Phone +43-664-39 66 700

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Kongress Essstörungen 2012


ECED Oslo 2013
13th General Meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED)

September 12-14, 2013

The next ECED Meeting will gather in September 2013 in Oslo; Convenor and Chairman is Finn Skårderud (Oslo, N). The International Scientific Advisory Commitee consists of Gerard Butcher (Dublin, IRL), David Clinton (Stockholm, S), Angela Favaro (Padova, I), Fernando Fernandez-Aranda (Barcelona, E), Erik van Furth (Leidschendamm, NL), J. Hubert Lacey (London, UK), Paolo Machado (Porto, P), GüntherRathner (Innsbruck, A), Paolo Santonastaso (Padova, I) and Ulf Wallin (Lund, S). Attendance is limited to some 170 – 180 participants and will be decided according to a „first come, first serve“ rule.

These bi-annual meetings can be strongly recommended. First of all, the friendly atmosphere, which fosters new contacts, is outstandig, in contrast to many crowded, anonymous and „supermarket congresses“, you might have visited before. Second, the core characteristic of these meetings are debates in the style of English Parliamentarism: one pro and one con-speaker very briefly state their position and provide arguments for it. Then, the discussion moves to the plenary, followed by a democratic vote of the plenary (pro, con, abstaining) at the end of the 90 minutes debate. This vote is no binding decision in the strict sense, as the ECED has no formal organisational structures, but just an opinion survey of the present delegates.

Please find a list of all debates of the ECED Meetings 1989 – 2013 at

Günther Rathner, Innsbruck (A)


March 8, 2012101st International Women´s Day 2012 in Austria

Austrian Women´s Day 2012The idea of a Women´s day goes back to a strike of female textile workers in the USA in 1908. The first national Women's Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In August 1910, an International Women's Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual 'International Woman's Day' and was seconded by comunist Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage for women. The following year, on 18 March 1911, the International Women´s Day was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune 1871. Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination, which still in 2012 is an actual theme!

On March 8, 2012 the Austrian Minister for Women´s Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek has invited to an „Open House“; the issue of women in the working world has been discussed.

The picture shows the Austrian Minister for Women´s Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek und Karin Waldherr, D.Sc., Vice President of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED) and Board Member of the Austrian Network Eating Disorders.


05.06.2012 Extended Abstract Submission Deadline June 30 – Eating Disorders Alpbach 2012

Due to popular demand we have extended the abstract submission deadline till June 30, 2012. We are looking forward reveiving your abstract.


23.02.2012We are looking for a clinical and health care psychologist in training

Network Eating Disorders in Innsbruck requires a clinical and health care psychologist in training with advanced computer skills. If you are interested in the job, send your application to Prof. Rathner:

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