Recorded Symposium Session: Weight Management ≠ Weight Bias

In 2013 the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease. This classification reflected the scientific evidence of the health impacts of obesity and the importance of access to care. The hope of this classification was that obesity would be viewed, and treated, as other defined diseases with evidence-based medical care, but that outcome has not been consistent.

Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, will dive deep into the evidence behind the health impacts of obesity, along with the methods for care that focus on the client, their lifestyle, and their goals. This approach to care demonstrates equality of care to all clients and helps health care providers avoid potential bias or stigma.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Define the parameters of the diagnosis of obesity.
  2. Outline appropriate methods of care to avoid any potential acts of bias or stigma.
  3. Provide resources for evidence-based care when helping clients with obesity.
  4. Employ methods in your daily practice to help clients develop self-compassion.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.6
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Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, is a food and nutrition consultant in St. Louis, MO. She is a former director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a former chair of the American Heart Association Missouri affiliate. She is also a former chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Connie is a former television and radio nutrition reporter who is quoted regularly by the media on food and nutrition issues. She is also author of “The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All You Need to Lose Wight and Stay Healthy and Superfood Nuts.”

Connie has received awards including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year - Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award from the American Heart Association - St. Louis.

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: Consultant: Bayer LEAD Network. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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