Dr. Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS

Level 1: The Medical Side – When Diabetes and Disordered Eating Collide

Dr. Lesley Williams


Research reflects that the prevalence of eating disorders in patients with IDDM1 is 30+%. Binge eating disorder in those with DM2 has been estimated to be even more common.  Despite this high occurrence, professionals who care for diabetics are frequently unable to identify the common signs and symptoms of disordered eating in their patients. The inability to recognize disordered eating is due in part to the frequent overlap with disordered eating behaviors and symptoms of diabetes. This talk provides a unique opportunity for professionals who care for those with all forms of diabetes to learn more about disordered eating and how it may present in their diabetic patients and negatively impact their prognosis. This WN4DC Symposium Webinar provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals of all disciplines in various settings to learn how to identify disordered eating and how best to address it once identified. The talk will include case studies of patients who presented with eating disorders that were undetected by their primary care providers and endocrinologists. Participants in this webinar will leave with a better understanding of the overlap between eating disorders and diabetes and how best to recognize and treat those struggling with both.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and board certified Family Medicine physician. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency training at Mayo Clinic Arizona. She has worked exclusively with eating disorders for over 15 years in the full spectrum of treatment settings. Dr. Williams is founder of Williams Wellness Medical Group, an outpatient eating disorder practice in Phoenix, AZ dedicated to providing expert medical care for those struggling with all forms of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has previously served as the Co-Founder and CEO for Liberation Center eating disorder treatment center and is currently the Medical Team Lead for Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Williams is a dynamic speaker who has given numerous lectures at national professional conferences. Her areas of special interest and expertise include: Diabetes and Eating Disorders, GI Illnesses and Co-Occurring Eating Disorders, PCOS & Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Inclusivity in Eating Disorder Treatment, Diabetes and Eating Disorders as well as Health at Every Size Advocacy. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Academy of Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Due to her hard work and dedication to the field, in 2018 Dr. Williams was named as one of the Top 80 Female Eating Disorder Leaders in the United States.