Recorded Symposium Session: Do No Harm: Addressing Weight Stigma in Dietetic Practice

What is weight stigma, and how does it affect the health of our patients, as well as the patient-provider relationship? Weight stigma is present in all sectors of society—including the healthcare sector—and the impacts of weight stigma, bias, and discrimination can have adverse health outcomes via multiple pathways, including disordered eating and exercise avoidance.

In this session, Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, LD, CD, will address how weight stigma may show up in sessions, as well as why and how RDs in all areas of practice—not just eating disorder recovery and weight management—can help patients neutralize its effects through counseling and advocacy. Learn what tools and modalities are within the RD’s scope of practice, and when to refer to other providers.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List and describe the pathways to poor health outcomes that stem from weight stigma.
  2. Describe the signs that weight stigma is present in client appointments.
  3. Identify modalities and strategies RDs can use within their scope of practice to help neutralize the effects of weight stigma.
  4. Explain how RDs in all areas of practice can avoid contributing to weight stigma.
  5. Relate patient-centered care to social justice.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
4040, 5370, 6020, 6070
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
2.1.5, 8.2.3, 8.3.6, 9.6.1
CDR Activity Type: 
CPE Level: 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CDR
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, LD, CD, is a Pacific Northwest-based registered dietitian nutritionist, journalist, author and blogger. She writes a weekly nutrition column for The Seattle Times and contributes regularly to The Washington Post and Today's Dietitian magazine. Carrie is the author of "Healthy For Your Life: A Holistic Approach to Optimal Wellness," and owner of She is a second-career dietitian who worked as a newspaper journalist for many years before earning her Master of Public Health in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington.

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

  • 1.00 CDR


Please login or create an account to take this course.