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PTSD and Eating Disorders


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

PTSD and Eating Disorders

  • Date Created: 07/26/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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PTSD and Eating Disorders Author(s):

Karen Mitchell, PhD


There is evidence that eating disorders are prevalent among male and female Veterans; however, they remain relatively understudied in this population. Of further relevance to Veterans, individuals with eating disorders have high rates of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military-specific traumas—including military sexual trauma (MST) and combat—as well as the military's strict weight and fitness requirements, may make Veterans particularly vulnerable to eating disorders.

This course reviews current research findings on eating disorders and PTSD in Veterans with attention to potential mechanisms. The author reviews best practices for assessment of eating disorders and reviews treatment implications for comorbid PTSD and eating disorders to support clinical care.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe prevalence of eating disorders among male and female Veterans
  • Discuss risk factors for eating disorders among Veterans
  • Describe treatment approaches for Veterans with comorbid eating disorders and PTSD

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health