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Congress Eating Disorders 2022

29th International Scientific Conference 21-22.10.2022

Congress Centrum Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria


>> ED Alpbach 2022 Abstractbook


Award Best Oral Presentation
The winner of the Best Oral Presentation will receive a waiver of the congress fee for the Congress on Eating Disorders 2023, 30th International Scientific Meeting.



Update Wiederernährung Anorexia Nervosa


Klinik Lüneburger Heide, Bad Bevensen, Germany



Eating Disorders in the Middle-East and in a Middle-Eastern Population


ACPN, Dubai, United Arabic Emirates



Das Leben der Anderen: Essstörungen und Soziale Medien

Markus FUMI

Schön Klinik Roseneck, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany


Key Note Speaker

Prof. Dr. med. Martina de Zwaan
What role does psychological and physical comorbidity play in the treatment of eating disorders?

Prof Dr. med. Martina de Zwaan is the Director of the Clinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School. She received her doctorate in allied health from the University of Vienna in 1986 and completed further training in psychiatry and neurology as well as in cognitive and behavioural therapy in Vienna. She opened her career as a senior physician at the Psychosomatic Hospital in Bad Bramstedt and then obtained the venia docendi for psychiatry at the University of Vienna in 1995 on the subject of binge-eating disorder. She then moved to the Psychiatric University Hospital in Vienna as a senior physician until 2003 and in between held a visiting professorship at the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Neuroscience, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Fargo (North Dakota). Furthermore, she was head of the Psychosomatic and Psychotherapeutic Department at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg from 2003 to 2011. Her scientific focus is on eating disorders and obesity, psychological aspects of bariatric surgery, psychosomatics in transplant medicine and the development and validation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs).


Dr Helga Simchen
Eating disorders in AD(H)S

Dr. Helga Simchen is a paediatrician specialising in neurology and psychiatry in children and adolescents, behavioural therapist, depth psychological psychotherapy and family therapy. She first worked as a senior physician in a paediatric clinic, then moved to the Magdeburg Medical Academy as a senior physician with a teaching assignment in neurology and psychiatry in children and adolescents as well as rehabilitation education. The main focus of her scientific work was hyperkinetic syndrome and dyslexia, in which she worked closely with the Leibnitz Institute, formerly the Brain Research Institute. In 1995 she opened her practice in Mainz with a focus on AD(H)S, learning and behavioural disorders. She has written 7 books on AD(H)S and its comorbidities based on her experience with over 1000 patients in her practice.


Ricardo Dalle Grave M. D.
Cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescents with eating disorders: An effective alternative to family-based treatment

As Director of the Department of Eating and Weight Disorders at Villa Garda Hospital in Verona, Italy, Ricardo has developed, with Christopher G. Fairburn of Oxford University, a proprietary treatment process for inpatients with eating disorders. It includes a programme adapted for adolescents, and his main research focus is CBT-E in the treatment of adolescents and adults with eating disorders who are severely underweight. His projects include prevention work for eating disorders and obesity. He is regularly invited to lead public workshops and seminars for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, surgeons, nutritionists and other health professionals on the nature and treatment of obesity and eating disorders both in Italy and around the world. Dr Dalle Grave is a member of the CBT-E training group and has been recognised by Expertscape as an expert in Anorexia Nervosa. He is also editor of the CBT-E website and director of the Italian Advanced Training Course for the Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders and Obesity, which trains clinicians in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders and Obesity. He also provides Expterten-CBT-E supervision for clinical services in Europe, the USA, Australia and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders and a member of the editorial boards of all eating disorders journals.


Carine El Khazen
Eating disorders in the Middle East and Middle Eastern populations

Carine el Khazen is a clinical psychologist. She holds a Master’s degree in clinical and psychopathological psychology (USJ), a postgraduate degree (DESS) in clinical and psychopathological psychology (Sorbonne University) and a diploma in profound studies (DEA) in clinical psychopathology (Jussieu University). Carine has worked as a clinical psychologist in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2004. She has been working at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) since 2011. As a specialist in eating and weight disorders, she has established and directs the only specialised multidisciplinary outpatient programme for eating and weight disorders in the region. Carine is a CBT-E therapist, trainer and supervisor. The programme is a CBT-E centre of excellence. Together with Dr Riccardo Dalle Grave, she co-authored the first manual for parents of adolescents treated with CBT-E: “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy For Eating Disorders in Young People”, a guide for parents, published by Routledge Press. Carine is also the clinical lead for the centre’s psychological services. Carine is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and Vice Chair of the Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA), a non-governmental organisation representing AED in the Middle East. She oversees and directs all day-to-day activities of the association, which is dedicated to raising awareness, supporting sufferers and educating the general public and professionals on eating and weight disorders.


PDF files on the lectures and workshops

Umberto Nizzoli, Karin Waldherr: Meeting of the European Chapter of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Ulrich Voderholzer: Refeeding in severe adolescent and adult anorexia nervosa: new studies 

Umberto Nizzoli: Food and Addiction – Eating Disorders as Addiction?

Silke Naab: Langfristige Ergebnisse stationärer Behandlungen bei männlichen im Vergleich zu weiblichen Jugendlichen mit Anorexia nervosa

Monika Franzen: Eltern können eine wichtige Rolle bei der Wiederernährung und im Recovery Prozess spielen

Kathrin Peters: Gewichtsmapping-basierte Intervalltherapie bei Anorexia nervosa: Eine klinische Wirksamkeitsstudie

Ursula Prinz, Karin Waldherr: Essstörungen und gestörtes Essverhalten rund um die Menopause

Clarissa Laczkovics: Komorbide Persönlichkeitsstörung bei jugendlichen Patientinnen mit Anorexia Nervosa

Greta Noordenbos: How to understand & to treat severe self-criticism and body hate?

Julia Brandacher, Marie Grundl: Einfluss von intuitiver Ernährung auf Körperwahrnehmung und gestörtes Essverhalten – Beobachtungsstudie zu einer Online-Gruppenintervention

Elisabeth Liebers: “Man lebt mit einer Person, die schwer krank ist, und muss selber irgendwie gesund bleiben” – Peer-Support für Angehörige von Menschen mit Essstörungen: Bedarfe und praktische Implikationen

Kerstin Emmer: Mein Weg aus der Essstörung

Janina Werz: Effekt der therapeutischen Beziehung auf den Therapieerfolg bei Essstörungspatient:innen – ein systematisches Review

Edburg Edlinger: Reizdarmsyndrom, AFRID & Ernährungstherapie

Markus Fumi: Das Leben der Anderen: Essstörungen und Soziale Medien

Claudia Perret: Finde dein Körpergefühl. Der Körper als hilfreiches Element, um den Kokon der Essstörungen und des restriktiven Essens zu durchbrechen und Vertrauen um Umgang mit dem Essen zu finden

Anna Scelzo: Right to the body! Voices, images and thought of adolescents through a photovoice project

Christian Grosche: Zwischen Entwicklungschance und Stillstand – Der Umgang mit störungstypischer Ambivalenz in der Behandlung von Essstörungen


Congress Eating Disorders 2021


Key Note Speaker


We are pleased to introduce the Key Note Speaker for the Eating Disorder Conference 2021!



Tracey Wade


Transdiagnostic risk factors and treatment approaches for eating disorders


Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Tracey Wade completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University (1992), and a PhD at Flinders University (1998). Since 2000 she has worked in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. She is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in 2016 she was made an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Distinguished Achievement Award, and appointed a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She is the director of the Flinders University Services for Eating Disorders and conducts research across a range of clinical settings and schools, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is currently director of the Órama Research Institute.



Stephan Herpertz


Psychosocial questions about obesity surgery: what do we know or think we know?


Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Herpertz is Director of the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the LWL University Hospital in Bochum and President of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS). His research focusses on obesity, eating disorders and psychodiabetology.



Stephen Wonderlich


Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy: Basic Behavioral Science to Randomized Controlled Trials


Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D., is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He serves as Vice President and Chief of Behavioral Health Research at Sanford Health. He also serves as Co-Director for the Sanford Eating Disorder and Weight Management Center and also the Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research.

He has published widely in the literature. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for several professional journals, is a Past-President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and was a member of the Eating Disorder Workgroup for DSM-5. He serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors for several eating disorder organizations, including the Eating Disorder Research Society, Academy for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Coalition, and the National Eating Disorder Association.



Eva Wunderer


“Social cure” and “social curse”: group processes in institutions for people with eating disorders – blessing or curse?


Eva Wunderer, Prof. Dr. phil., is a graduate psychologist and systemic couple and family therapist. She studied and did her doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In 2009 she was appointed professor for psychological aspects of social work at the Landshut University of Applied Sciences. She specialices in (systemic) work with children and adolescents, especially in the area of eating disorders.



Barbara Mangweth-Matzek


Eating disorders, pregnancy and motherhood


Barbara Mangweth-Matzek (Prof. Dr. MMaga) has been working at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Department for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics since 1994. As a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, her focus is on eating disorders, which she also researches scientifically from a wide variety of aspects. She currently works at the psychosomatic outpatient clinic and works in the eating disorder clinic, the fertility clinic (in the context of disturbed eating behavior) and in the psychological evaluation and care of bariatric patients.




Congress Eating Disorders 2020

28th International Scientific Conference

Congress Centrum Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria


Was held as a webinar due to the Corona Pandemic!

1st International Scientific Webinar Network Eating Disorders, Tyrol, 22.12.2020



15:00-15:10 MEZ



15:10-15:40 MEZ

Prof. Dr. Yael Latzer (Israel)

The Dark Side of Eating: Definition, Psychopathology and Treatment of Night Eating Syndrome


15:40-16:10 MEZ

Prof. Dr. Cristina Segura-Garcia (Italy)

Binge eating disorder: a different phenotype of obesity?


16:10-16:30 MEZ



16:30-17:00 MEZ

Gerard Butcher, MSc. (Ireland)

Watching our words: The problem of language in Eating Disorders


17:00-17:30 MEZ

Prof. Dr. Eva Trujillo (Mexico / Mexico)

Avoidant Resctrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)


17:30-17:50 MEZ



17:50-18:00 MEZ





Eating Disorders Congress 2019

27th International Scientific Conference

17-19.10.2019, Congress Centrum Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria


>> ED Alpbach 2019 Abstractbook


Award for Best Lecture

The winner of the golden certificate will receive a waiver of the congress fee for the Congress on Eating Disorders 2020, 28th International Scientific Meeting.


Vegan, vegetarian (lacto-ovo, pesco, semi) or non-vegetarian diets for anorexia nervosa – possible or feasible? Do the courses of re-feeding and weight gain differ?


Lüneburger Heide Clinic, Bad Bevensen, Germany


The significance of self-dramatisation on Instagram in the context of the development of eating disorders

Landshut University of Applied Sciences, Landshut, Germany


Social support or social contagion? How people affected by eating disorders influence each other in an inpatient setting


Landshut University of Applied Sciences, Landshut, Germany


Unintended casualties of the War on Obesity: Patients attributing their eating disorder onset to anti-obesity messaging enter treatment with more severe symptoms


Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public health, Philadelphia, USA




Eating Disorders Congress 2018

26th International Scientific Conference

18-20.10.2018, Congress Centrum Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria


>> ED Alpbach 2018 Abstractbook


Award Best Lecture

The winner of the golden certificate will receive a waiver of the congress fee for the Eating Disorders Congress 2019, 27th International Scientific Meeting.


Medical complication in eating disorders

Hartmut IMGART

Parkland Clinic, Bad Wildungen, Germany


Multifamily therapy in inpatient treatment: A close look at girls with bulimia nervosa.


Parkland Clinic, Bad Wildungen, Germany



Walking and waiting as interventions for emotional eating of overweight people

Vienna, Austria