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The Fridge is Calling: Overeating During COVID-19 (15 Wellness Points)*

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

COVID-19 and the repercussions of the pandemic have impacted almost all areas of life, and perhaps nowhere more so than food and eating. Working from home can lead to challenges because of the availability of food in the environment, while stressors associated with isolation and social distancing might make it more likely to turn to food to help cope. Based on both their clinical and research experience, in this hour-long talk Drs. Paakhi Srivastava and Mallory Frayn will discuss some of the impacts of COVID-19 on eating behaviors, as well as easy strategies to help address concerns from mindless snacking to emotional eating.

Mallory Frayn is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the WELL Center at Drexel (The Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science) working with Dr. Adrienne Juarascio, where she provides treatment to individuals with binge eating and other eating disorders. As part of her doctoral work in clinical psychology at McGill University, she studied emotional eating and its relationship to weight outcomes. She has delivered numerous groups and workshops related to changing eating behaviours and through her work hopes to help individuals develop healthier relationships with food.

Paakhi Srivastava, Ph.D is an Assistant Research Professor at the WELL Center, Drexel University. She is interested in identifying modifiable cognitive and emotional factors that maintain transdiagnostic binge eating disorders. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the role of body image disturbances in maintaining binge eating. She is also interested in developing novel treatments, and treatment augmentations such as digital health technology tools to improve body image disturbances in individuals with binge eating disorders. Her current research involves development and evaluation of a smartphone application that is designed to deliver interventions to improve body dissatisfaction in real-time to individuals with binge eating.

This event is open to all faculty and professional staff. Registration is required in Career Pathway. Please note that registration closes 24 hours in advance. Contact Monica Fauble with questions.

*Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 15 points (a $15 credit) for attending this event. Your name must appear in the participants box in Zoom (you must be signed in) in order to receive wellness credit. You will receive an email from Career Pathway confirming your attendance after attendance has been completed. Wellness points will appear in your Health Advocate profile in six weeks.

You must register for the Health Advocate Wellness Incentive Program AND complete your annual Personal Health Profile before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities. There will be a 6-week delay in these points and payouts being distributed. For information about our wellness incentive program, please visit:

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Monica Fauble

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