Education & Training for Professional Advancement
Public Health and Wellness
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.
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