Implications of Body Figure Awareness
This continuing education course examines the health implications of body figure awareness and compares and contrasts this self-concept among adults, adolescents, children, and racial/ethnic groups as it relates to weight management. It also provides recommendations and strategies for applying this information in a variety of care settings that will enable RDs to be more confident in exploring these self-concepts with their patients, using motivational interviewing techniques to shift the conversation away from weight to these powerful psychometrics.
Course content appeared as the CPE Monthly in the October, 2019 edition of Today's Dietitian.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
1. Describe body figure awareness relative to body image.
2. Distinguish the health implications of misperceptions of body figure and weight perception.
3. Compare and contrast body figure awareness by sex and race/ethnicity.
4. Evaluate the RD’s role in examining an individual’s self-awareness as it relates to body figure and weight.
Cassie Vanderwall, PhD, RD, CD, CDE, CPT, a Madison, Wisconsin–based freelance food and nutrition writer, director of the University of Wisconsin (UW) health dietetic internship program, and ambulatory dietitian at UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic and American Family Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinics.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflicts of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR