As the field of eating disorders has evolved in recent years, the extent of available information and knowledge has expanded exponentially. Along with this explosion of data, significant theoretical and clinical controversies have emerged; consequently, both clinicians and researchers have grown increasingly entrenched in a number of polarized perspectives regarding the most valid way to understand and treat eating and food related problems.
How these controversies are addressed and resolved will have a profound impact on future growth and productivity in the field. Perhaps most important is whether the issues that now divide eating disorder professionals can be discussed and debated in a manner that builds a more cohesive framework for addressing and individualizing effective treatment. The 22nd Renfrew Center Foundation Conference is dedicated to an examination of the most prominent current issues and controversies, and to a search for respectful, collaborative solutions