124: Melainie Rogers on Overcoming the Diet Culture

Aug 24

Melainie Rogers MS, RDN, CDN is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Supervisor and is dedicated to supporting others in their quest to achieve long-term recovery. She is the Founder and Executive Director of BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ and Melainie Rogers Nutrition, LLC in New York City.

Born, raised, and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Melainie earned her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She developed her passion for treating clients with eating disorders while working at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Columbia Obesity Research Center in New York City. Her understanding of the research behind obesity gave her a unique perspective on binge eating disorder and eating behaviors in general.

In 2002, Melainie developed the largest private group nutrition practice specializing in eating disorders in NYC before establishing BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ in 2009.

A dynamic speaker, educator, and publisher, Melainie is the co-founder and first President of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) New York Chapter and currently sits on the Advisory Board with Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB).

She recently launched and published Redefining Wellness: The Ultimate Diet-Free Guide, a free e-book that contains contributions from 150 eating disorder and mental health experts.

In this episode, Melainie Rogers talks about:

  • Core desires driving eating disorders
  • Identifying problems with food
  • How disorders hijack the brain
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Willpower is not the problem
  • Difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder
  • Physiological response to under-eating
  • Factors in calculating calorie targets
  • Danger in perfectionism
  • No exact science in determining exactly how much to eat
  • Optimal weight based on genetics
  • Personal hunger and satiety system
  • Goal to realize and reconnect with hunger and satiety cues
  • Distrusting our body
  • Types of foods and how they signal hunger and satiety
  • Diet evolution
  • Microbiome’s role in calorie and macro needs
  • Gut and mental health issues
  • Serotonin produced in the gut
  • Eating variety of foods and lots of fiber
  • The rise in mental health issues and eating disorders
  • Weight loss triggering illness
  • Step 1 –> stop restricting
  • Recovering after a binge day
  • Where to find Redefining Wellness free eBook

Featured Guest

Melainie Rogers


Balance Eating Disorder CenterWebsite
Redefining Wellness: The Ultimate Diet-Free Guide

About the Author

Kate Jaramillo: Creator of Ketogenic Living 101, 102, Straight-Up Wellness & Keto Living Coach Certification. Wellness Advocate & Badass.