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FNCE 2018

260. The Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health with a Self-Care Approach

Tuesday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Most people attempt weight loss at some point, whether due to medical recommendations or efforts to fit into culturally accepted body norms. Yet scientific research and life experiences demonstrate that dieting does not result in lasting weight loss for the vast majority of people. These efforts are not harmless; weight loss interventions can cause collateral damage to mental health by fostering body image issues, depression, and eating disorders. The biological reason that diets do not work lies in the brain’s role in defending a weight range that is specific to each individual. Fortunately, the brain also supports the learning of new habits that can contribute to better mind and body health, even without weight loss. By promoting a self-care approach for bodies of all sizes, dietitians are well positioned to improve mental health and wellbeing while reducing weight stigma. Scientific evidence to support such a paradigm shift and practical skills for dietitians will be shared.

Planned with the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5200 - Disordered eating (disease/disorder)
  • 1050 - Ethics
  • 6020 - Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills

Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C

Rebecca Scritchfield is a Health at Every Size Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and ACSM certified exercise physiologist. Through her weight-neutral counseling practice and Body Kindness philosophy, she has helped thousands of people create a healthier life with workable self-care goals that fit individual interests. 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. She also hosts the Body Kindness podcast and writes for The Washington Post, Self, and US News. Rebecca is a member of the behavioral health nutritionists, nutrition entrepreneurs, and sports cardiovascular and wellness dietitians dietetic practice groups. She has influenced millions through her writing, podcast, and appearances on over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, TODAY Show, O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Parade, and many others. Rebecca received her Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University and she lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.

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Megan A. Kniskern, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, LD/N

Megan is the Nutrition Director for ViaMar Health Eating Disorders Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, and a full-time Lecturer at Arizona State University, teaching graduate and undergraduate management and nutrition courses. This includes the development of an eating disorders and addictions graduate seminar course; the first of its kind at the University. Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Approved Supervisor through iaedpTM and Owner/Founder of MAK Nutrition Services, LLC. She currently serves as Chair for the Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) DPG through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as the Phoenix Ambassador of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. As a Certified yoga instructor for 13 years, Megan combines mindfulness practices and meditation techniques with traditional nutrition models within her professional practice. Utilizing an “all foods fit” and brain-based nutrition model, Megan’s strengths are working with vegans, vegetarians, food allergies, GI issues, substance use disorders, very low body weight, bariatrics and further combinations of complex eating disorder cases. With a combined 10 years of eating disorder program development and supervision, including detox and substance use disorders, she loves traveling the country presenting and educating on these various topics!

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Sandra Aamodt, PhD

Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist and science writer. She is author of "Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss" (2016) and co-author of two neuroscience books with Sam Wang. "Welcome to Your Brain" (2008) was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and "Welcome to Your Child’s Brain" (2011) was published in twelve languages. Aamodt was previously editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, a scientific journal in the field of brain research, from 2003 to 2008. She joined the journal at its founding in 1998 after four years of research at Yale University.

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Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C

Rebecca Scritchfield is a Health at Every Size Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and ACSM certified exercise physiologist. Through her weight-neutral counseling practice and Body Kindness philosophy, she has helped thousands of people create a healthier life with workable self-care goals that fit individual interests. 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. She also hosts the Body Kindness podcast and writes for The Washington Post, Self, and US News. Rebecca is a member of the behavioral health nutritionists, nutrition entrepreneurs, and sports cardiovascular and wellness dietitians dietetic practice groups. She has influenced millions through her writing, podcast, and appearances on over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, TODAY Show, O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Parade, and many others. Rebecca received her Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University and she lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.

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