As concern about body size continues to be a primary focus among those interested in health, it is essential that healthcare professionals understand the role of the brain in weight regulation. The high long-term failure rate of dieting is driven largely by physiological and psychological changes that work to return an individual’s weight to its defended range or set point after substantial weight loss. Equally important is to recognize weight stigma, which is a driving factor for eating and weight struggles in many people. Finally, the link between obesity and poor health is much weaker than commonly believed. An alternative approach, Health at Every Size, is weight neutral and designed to promote both physical and mental health. This presentation will equip healthcare professionals with knowledge and tools to help their clients move beyond the thin ideal to make lifestyle choices that truly support their health and well-being.