Upcoming conference will include a Bonus Clinical Workshop on carbohydrate addiction for practitioners who are able to arrive early – to be held on the afternoon of Thursday, January 12, in addition to the entire day that will be dedicated to the topic of carb addiction during the main presentations
Registrations for the upcoming Symposium for Metabolic Health – Boca, to be held in January 13-15 are selling briskly, and laypeople and practitioners attending the popular conference have yet another excellent reason to attend.
In addition to the rest of the extraordinary presentations, the weekend will also include panel discussions, new poster presentation session, low-carb meals (included in this event), CME credits, exhibitor resources, and networking opportunities that have made past conferences so successful, and the 2023 edition will also include an unprecedented day focusing on carb addiction and it’s contribution to chronic illness and poor metabolic health effecting over 90% of the population today.
The carb addiction component of the conference has been organized by Dr. Tro Kalayjian, who is on the Board of Directors, and a founding member of, the Society of Metabolic Practitioners and a scheduled presenter at the Symposium.
Among the experts expected to speak on the topic of addiction are Tro Kalayjian, DO; Robert Cywes, MD, PhD; David Unwin, FRCGP; Jen Unwin. BSc, MSc, DPsy, C Psychol, FBPsS; Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA; Dr. Nicole Avena; and James Greenblatt, MD. There will also be a panel discussion on the topic. Other experts in the area of food addiction are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming week.
Among those expected to participate in the Clinical Workshop are Drs. David and Jen Unwin, Dr. Tro Kalayjian, Amy Eiges, and Dr. Vera Tarmin. Others will be added in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sending out a RSVP form to registrants so we know who will be able to join.
“It is believed that 30 to 40% of those with obesity may have food addiction,” said Dr.Tro, “but it often goes unrecognized.”
This added component of the Symposium will include important information about nutritional, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment approaches, as well as diagnostic tools such as the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS), the Binge Eating Scale (BES), and others.
Dr. Tro said the Clinical Workshop will be designed to provide practitioners with resources they can use to better assess, diagnose and treat patients.
“This workshop will help these practitioners recognize what’s going on with respect to food addiction in their patients, and how to handle these addiction issues,” said Dr. Tro.
The Clinical Workshop and the additional focus on addiction is an important addition to the conference, according to LowCarbUSA® Co-founder Pam Devine.
“How are we supposed to be effective in our health goals, especially for healthcare practitioners, if we don’t address the elephant in the room?” she asked, referring to our current food environment.
“Ultra processed foods are on every corner, at every turn, at every checkout, and on the television and on billboards. These foods—including many highly processed, high-carb, and starchy foods—affect our blood sugar and insulin regulation, and exacerbate type 2 diabetes and a long list of other chronic diseases.”
“These foods are advertised, and even manufactured, to keep our cravings high and eating constantly. We need the knowledge, tools, and resources that this workshop will provide. The information presented will provide practitioners with what they need to deal efficiently with the bombardment of all this, and to help prepare patients or clients to make healthy decisions, even at the toughest times.”
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