What is a healthy weight? Multiple factors impact our body weight and size, yet as healthcare providers, we often focus more on the scale readout rather than the behaviors that influence our patients’ weight and health. This module discusses the psychological and physical issues facing those with obesity, along with the impact of chronic dieting and weight bias on health. It also provides tools, such as tips on motivational interviewing, non-diet health goal setting, for the provider to use in clinical practice, and briefly reviews traditional weight management guidelines.
Approved for 2.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Defining a Healthy Weight
Concerns with BMI
Does BMI Predict Morbidity and Mortality?
The Diet Industry
Results of Weight Loss Research
Section 3: Impact of Weight Stigma and Weight Bias
Ethics and Bias in Weight Management
Avoiding Weight Stigma and Bias
Choosing to Promote A Weight-Neutral Approach
Section 4: Causes of Obesity
A Very Complex Issue
Impact of Food Insecurity
Encouraging Joyful Movement
Section 5: Establishing a Healthy Relationship with Food
Effects of Chronic Dieting
Establishing a Healthy Relationship with Food
Disordered Eating Behaviors
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Obesity and Behavioral Health Disorders
Stages of Change
Honoring Hunger and Fullness
Is it Physical or Emotional Hunger?
Section 6: Emphasizing Nourishing Food Choices
Vegetables and Fruits
Results of Diet Research
Dietary Patterns that Support Health
Section 7: Treatment Goals for Health
Plan of Action
Affirm Your Client’s Strengths and Successes
Targets for Behavior Strategies
Section 8: Traditional Treatment for Obesity
Structured Weight Management Programs
Pros and Cons of Prescription Weight Loss Drugs
Section 9: Clinical Vignette
Section 10: Conclusion
Instructor: Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.Disclosure: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Bryn Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. She also holds a national certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Additionally, she is certified as a Clinical Telemental Health Provider. Prior to joining Relias in 2020, she served as Clinical Director of a community mental health agency, developed an intensive treatment program for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders, and provided outpatient counseling focused on trauma-informed care. Disclosure: Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Minnie Taw MD
Dr. Taw received her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obesity Medicine and has a master’s in human nutrition from Columbia University. She is a certified yoga instructor as well as a health and wellness coach. Disclosure: Minnie Taw MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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