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Thank you for completing this self-assessment.

Understanding the results of the self-assessment.

  • A result of less than -6 indicates you likely have a weight-centered approach to health and nutrition.
  • A score of -5 to 7 indicates you likely have a weight-neutral approach to health and nutrition.
  • A score between 8-13 contains overlap between weight-neutral or weight inclusive concepts. This may be the results of you holding onto some weight-centered ideas, concepts, and training.  Support your desire to seek new ways to deepen your understanding of all aspects of weight inclusivity and weight liberation.
  • A score of 14 to 19 would indicate you are likely to have a more weight-inclusive approach to health and nutrition.
  • A score of 20 or more would indicate you likely have a weight-liberated approach to health and nutrition.

Professionals Who Are Weight-Centered

Professionals who are weight-centered in their approach to health and nutrition may be unaware of the inherent weight bias present in the current research. The research surrounding weight bias considers societal forces which make living in certain sized bodies, typically larger, likely to experience discrimination, decrease in availability of  services, limited or incomplete health advice, and unsolicited advice to lose weight. This overall bias is referred to as ‘diet culture’ and the term describes the unspoken assumption dieting and weight loss in any form promotes health. The cost spent to promote weight change in the United States alone is estimated at over $66 billion. While this number is small compared to the 2016 estimated $3.3 trillion spent on health care, it is still significant. Typically, the overall health care industry sees health through the weigh-less-is-healthier diet culture lenses.  Looking objectively at diet culture is a process which requires time and support. Many health professionals are choosing to embrace and promote health without focusing on weight, weight loss, or restricting food intake. These individuals are often grouped as ‘non-diet’ professionals.  Like you, many professionals are learning not just about diet-culture but about their own thoughts regarding size, body image, and weight-stigma.

Self-Survey Creators

  • Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RD, CDE
  • Kori Kostka, RD
  • Sumner Brooks, MPH, RDN, CEDRD
  • Christina Turner MNutr&Diet, B AppSc, APD
  • Meghan Cichy, RDN, CEDRD, CSP, CD
  • Lauren Newman RD
  • Fiona Sutherland, APD, RYD
  • Halina Brooke
  • Whitney Hightower, MS, RDN, LD
  • Claire Hammond

FREE WEIGHT-NEUTRAL SUGGESTIONS

If you would like to explore these concepts more, here are some free weight-neutral suggestions to consider:

Association for Size Diversity and Health

Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) has created a YouTube video explaining diet culture called “Poodle Science.”

Non-Diet Approach Free Online Course

Fiona Willer’s Introduction to Non-Diet Approach free online course is found at  https://www.openlearning.com/healthnotdiets/courses/IntroductionToTheNon-Die.

WN4DC Professional Facebook Group

Health care professionals are welcome to join WN4DC Professional Facebook Group. This group can help you explore how to improve blood sugar by focusing on the seven non-weight health care behaviors for diabetes care.

Am I Hungry?

Mindful Eating White Paper for healthcare providers. Provided by Am I Hungry, these white papers use the Mindful Eating Cycle to explain the Health At Every Size (HAES) approach to food and eating. Mindful Eating White Paper.

Powerful Conversations to Lead the Shift from Weight to Well-being

As empirical evidence continues to accumulate, recognition of the need to adopt a weight-neutral approach expands. Health and wellness professionals can lead this paradigm shift by effectively communicating this message with others. This paper will clarify the core messages of the weight-neutral approach, review the latest empirical conclusions about the need to adopt this approach, and provide strategies for combining evidence and powerful questions in persuasive conversations to help shift the paradigm from weight to well-being.  In this video, Michelle May, M.D., explains why considering a shift to a non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach to patient-care promotes overall patient well-being.

Integrating HAES© Practice Into Medical Nutrition Therapy

Integrating HAES© Practice Into Medical Nutrition Therapy. You can watch the free video “Integrating HAES© practice into Medical Nutrition Therapy” by Fiona Willer, APD.

Integrating HAES© Practice Into Medical Nutrition Therapy PDF Download

EDRD Pro Webinar

You can watch the EDRD Pro webinar “A Critical Appraisal of the Weight Normative vs Weight Inclusive Paradigms” by Laura Thomas, PhD.

The 3 Roots of Mindful Eating (Free eBook)

The 3 Roots of Mindful Eating is a free eBook written by Megrette Fletcher which explains the value of non-judgment, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Professionals Who Are Weight-neutral

Professionals who are weight-neutral in their approach to health and nutrition may be unaware or uncomfortable advocating a weight-inclusive approach to health and nutrition in general or specific health concerns such as diabetes. If you would like to explore becoming more weight-inclusive here are the next steps:

Learning how to remain nonjudgmental in a counseling session is the goal of Motivational Interviewing. If you are uncomfortable advocating for a weight-inclusive approach to health consider focusing on your counseling skills to ensure you are weight-neutral.

Motivational Interviewing and Mindful Eating

The course offered by The Nourished Body is called “Motivational Interviewing and Mindful Eating” with Kori Kostka and offers one way to strengthen your counseling skills non-judgmentally. https://nourished-body.mykajabi.com/p/motivational-interviewing.

Disordered Eating

One of the reasons weight-inclusive professionals don’t focus on size is because dieting is a likely contributor to disordered eating patterns.  If you are working with any individual who struggles with body image issues or eating disorders consider signing up for the EDRD Pro Membership. This will give you access to the library of educational training videos which you can watch in the comfort of your own home.  You can enjoy a $1 trial month membership: www.edrdpro.com

Weight-neutral Diabetes Care Learning

Many clients who are diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), prediabetes, or diabetes have been repeatedly told to change their size. If you are working in diabetes care and would like to advance your understanding of how diet-culture and disease intersect, and become a barrier for your clients to change, consider attending the Weight Neutral for Diabetes Care Symposium. The WN4DC Symposium is an online learning opportunity that provides weight-neutral webinars during the month of July.

These 16 programs are offered in four learning tracks to help you understand disordered eating, counseling opportunities, diabetes basics, and weight-neutral care.

Am I Hungry - Mindful Eating and Diabetes

If you are looking for services specific to diabetes care, Am I Hungry offers a program for professionals to explore weight-neutral Diabetes Care. Am I Hungry

Professionals Who Are Weight-Inclusive

Professionals who are weight inclusive in their approach to health and nutrition may be unaware of how to advocate for research investigating health behaviors over which  individuals have control. Here are four ways to increase your comfort with understanding the research surrounding weight-inclusive approach.

Additional Weight-neutral Training

Learn about specific certifications and trainings. Examples include enrolling in the BeNourished Body Trust Provider Certification, the Am I Hungry training, or becoming Certified in Intuitive Eating.

Professional Education on Size Diversity

Join a professional organization that promotes size diversity such as the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) and the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA).

Professional Education on Disordered Eating

Join a professional organization that explores disordered eating concerns such as the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) or the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).

The Weight-liberated Professional

A weight-liberated professional advocates for research investigating health behaviors over which individuals have control and readily promotes or leads the discussion with health professionals and community members. Individuals who are weight-liberated, may or may not choose to promote social justice for all bodies. Individuals who are weight-liberated and advocates for social justice for all bodies and are able to speak to the intersection between gender, sexuality, and empowerment, and thus are acting in alignment with the HAES© movement. If you would like to become more aligned with HAES© the 4 top suggestions are here.

Attend training focused on the intersection between health and other factors, including sexuality, oppression, trauma, race, and other social determinants of health. These in-person conferences include ASDAH, BEDA, and others.

Attending in-person advanced counseling training such as motivational interviewing, mindful eating, and body image workshops and retreats. These lists of learning opportunities can be found on The Mindful Dietitian or The Center for Mindful Eating (include links).

Seek supervision from a qualified professional for Motivational Interviewing, Mindful Eating, or Eating Disorder training. These lists of learning opportunities can be found on The Mindful Dietitian, The Center for Mindful Eating, and Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (include links).

Apply for advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Mindful Eating, or certification for Eating Disorder Training or Intuitive Eating Certification.

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