Symposium Session: The End of Dieting: Why People Are Tossing Their Diet Books and Smashing Their Scales

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4020, 5370, 6010
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.3.6, 9.1.3, 12.4.3

Dieting has fallen out of favor among many consumers, and the body positive movement has been gaining momentum. Studies show that even in the absence of weight loss, changes to lifestyle patterns including eating habits, exercise, sleep, and socializing improve physical and mental health. In this session, Rebecca, a well-being coach and body positive dietitian, shares the science and strategies behind helping clients achieve better health, happiness, and life satisfaction without a single diet or weight-loss goal.

Using published research data and societal trends from the headlines of popular media, Rebecca will demonstrate the evidence that dieting does not produce long-term health improvements and in many ways can be worse for individuals and families who try to improve health through weight-loss programs. With a combination of case studies from real clients, audio and visual demonstrations, and interactive audience reflective activities, Rebecca will show how they can reframe health with their clients, overcome behavior change barriers, set goals that work, and make their frustrated clients happy and successful by being good to themselves.


Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be better able to:

  1. Describe why the structure of dieting is at odds with how humans really change their behaviors.
  2. Explain the outcomes of numerous studies that show better health can be achieved through lifestyle interventions even without weight loss.
  3. Demonstrate at least three nondieting activities RDNs can conduct with patients to help them change their habits with more optimism and confidence.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD, is a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, and American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist. Rebecca is author of the book Body Kindness, a practical, inspirational guide to transforming health through mindful decision-making, values-driven goals, and self-compassion. Rebecca is cofounder of Dietitians for Body Confidence, a free e-mail newsletter for RDNs and future RDNs who are interested in the science and skill set of promoting body positivity while helping people change. She has influenced millions through her writing, podcast, and appearances on more than 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News; CNN; TODAY show; The Washington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; Health; Shape; and many others.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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