Congress of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS) in Leipzig 2014

The DGESS-Congress' focus is on eating disorders across the span of life. Disorders that can lead to overweight will also be discussed.

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From March 20 to 22, 2014, the 4th Scientific Meeting of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS) with the topic "eating disorders across the lifespan" is taking place in Leipzig. In addition to nationwide partners such as the Federal Association of Eating Disorders (BFE e.V.) and cooperating societies from Austria and Switzerland, the Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) AdiposityDiseases and the University of Leipzig will be the local partners. Prof. Dr. Anja Hilbert is chairlady of the conference as well as president of the DGESS. Furthermore, the scientist is head of the research division of behavioral medicine at the IFB.

Eating disorders in different stages of life are in the thematic focus of the Congress. Thus, disorders in eating behavior or in self-control of body weight in adolescents and young adults are quite well described in the research, but results for the childhood and higher adulthood are missing. In particular, it is important to investigate the health consequences of extreme underweight and severe obesity in the context of health policy and social aspects. The aim of the event is to "look at eating disorders on different ages beginning from infancy to late adulthood and to discuss and differentiate what can still be considered ‘healthy’ and what is ‘conspicuous’ or ‘clinically relevant ‘”, says Prof. Hilbert. For this purpose, nationally and internationally acknowledged experts will present biological, psychological and social bases and existing approaches of treatment and prevention at various life stages.

Another major focus of the Congress lies on eating disorders that are associated with overweight and obesity, including binge-eating disorders. "It is especially important for us to show relationships between dietary habits, underlying cognitive and biological processes and the regulation of body weight in these disorders", says Prof. Hilbert.

The conference will take place from Thursday to Saturday at the central campus Augustus-Platz of the Universität Leipzig. On Thursday twelve different workshops on important factors in psychotherapy of eating disorders and a certificate course for guideline-based psychotherapy for eating disorders will take place. Friday and Saturday there will be numerous lectures and symposia. In addition, the Hilde-Bruch-Research-Award endowed with 5.000 € will be awarded for outstanding research in the area of eating disorders. The program is completed by a congress get-together on Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts. There will be a guided tour especially looking at "food in the visual arts”.

Further information as the program and the registration form for the conference can be found on

Martin Liborak

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