When Good Intentions Go Bad: A Discussion

Ilia Jones  |  Posted: Friday, June 7th, 2019

Hilmar Wagner of The Emily Program will be joining us here at The Marsh for an informative discussion around healthy eating and the good and bad of weight loss, diets, and nutrition. Learn more about the event and register to join us!

Below is a write-up about the event from our speaker, Hilmar as well as a short bio so that you can learn about Hilmar and his work.

Write-Up by Hilmar Wagner

Healthy eating and regular physical activity are vital for our overall health and wellness. Dieting and increasing one’s level of activity is usually associated with an increase in energy and improved physical and emotional well-being. However, these types of self-improvement efforts can go terribly wrong for some people, leading instead to eating disorder thoughts and behaviors.

Eating disorders are mental health conditions that affects millions of women, men, girls and boys, resulting in serious mental and physical changes that may threaten to rob them of not only their original healthy goals, but sometimes their lives as well.

In this interactive presentation, we will discuss:

1. The biological, psychological, and environmental influences on the development of disordered eating and eating disorders.

2. How to recognize the early warning signs of eating disorders and/or disordered eating behaviors.

3. What to do when someone seems to need help.

Biography

Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Dietitian (CD) in the state of Washington. Hilmar joined the Emily Program in 2006, and currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services and Clinical Outreach Specialist. In this role he initiates and coordinates training of new dietetic staff, dietetic interns and continuing education for nutrition services for all Emily Program locations. He has presented on a wide range of nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences. Hilmar received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 12 years. Hilmar has extensive experience working with clients of all eating disorder diagnoses in both individual and group settings. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and body-centered approaches to eating disorder recovery.