Symposium Session: Ditching DIET from DIETITIAN: Creating Our Future Focused on Well-Being, Not Weight
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1050, 5200, 6010, 6020
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 9.1.3, 12.4.3
The word “diet” is deeply ingrained, not only in the name dietitian, but also as a description of what we do and how we are trained throughout our careers. Even though many of us recognize “diet” to mean “way of eating,” the vast majority of people in our culture see “dieting” as something people do for weight loss. Additionally, our typical learning opportunities and day-to-day responsibilities may still center around a weight-normative approach despite evidence that demonstrates weight loss dieting can do more harm than good and isn’t as helpful at improving mind and body health as a weight-inclusive approach. The body positivity and antidiet movements continue to pick up speed in popularity, with increasing consumer demand for compassionate support focused on well-being enhancement. It’s imperative that dietitians are positioned to provide this scientifically supported approach in community, clinical, long term care, and even nontraditional career spaces. What does an antidiet dietitian do? What about MNT? What about clients who want to lose weight? How do you help people change? The workshop will address these questions and much more. Be prepared to learn and grow through self-reflection, small group sharing, visual demonstration, and more. Leave with ideas tailored to your personal interests in moving forward, no matter where you are now.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Describe the latest scientific evidence and global trends for a weight inclusive approach to well-being enhancement.
- Review available tools and counseling skills in non-diet approaches to helping people change.
- Discuss case studies where medical nutrition therapy intersects with weight inclusive approaches to care, such as diabetes, PCOS, pediatrics, and pain and mobility.
- Brainstorm ways dietitians can connect to their ideal clients, help them create a better life, and reduce weight stigma in our culture, from marketing to counseling and beyond.
Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, is an award-winning Health at Every Size dietitian and certified exercise physiologist. She’s author of the book Body Kindness and host of the Body Kindness podcast. Her counseling practice centers around well-being enhancement, mindfulness, and creating a better life.
Rebecca Scritchfield has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 3.00 CDR