Training for Healthcare Professionals

Lessons from History: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

This webinar will provide a deep dive into the historical context of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. This research advanced our understanding of physiological and psychological effects of malnutrition. Ancel Keys’ starvation experiment is important because of its results, but also because of its methodology and the questions it raises about informed consent for research participants.

Webinar Details

Audience: Primary care and behavioral health providers serving children, adolescents, and young adults
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free
Credit: 1 CE Credit or Certificate of Attendance

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will become familiar with Ancel Keys’ professional development and how it led to his interest in human and animal physiology in extreme circumstances.
  • Participants will understand the historical context of Ancel Keys’ Minnesota Starvation Experiment.
  • Participants will recognize how findings from the study parallel physical and psychological signs and symptoms seen in patients with restrictive eating disorders.

Registration and CE Credit

Please complete the registration form before watching the webinar. 

The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCEED maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Tonya Foreman, MD

Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry


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