A DIETITIAN’S GUIDE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Obesity and weight management remain a challenge for many people. Although, most individuals can lose weight, they find it difficult to maintain the weight loss. New strategies and approaches are needed to support long term weight maintenance. Mindfulness, Intuitive or Mindful Eating may be of assistance to some individuals. However, the relationship between these approaches to food intake and energy balance is still not completely understood.
It has been suggested that Psychological Flexibility as well as stress may also be important in reference to weight management, mindfulness and intuitive eating. This webinar will provide important information on current research literature and assessment methods, as well as practical approaches that will be helpful to you in your Dietetic Practice in reference to Mindfulness, Intuitive eating, and Psychological Flexibility as well as Stress Management.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Understand the concepts of Mindfulness and Mindful Eating/Intuitive Eating.
Understand how meditation affects self-regulation that could affect behaviors related to food intake in reference to actions in the brain.
Summarize the results of current research on weight management and Mindfulness and Mindful Eating/Intuitive Eating.
Identify appropriate instruments to assess Mindfulness and Mindful Eating/Intuitive Eating and Psychological Flexibility.
Understand the Acceptance Commitment Theory (ACT) and components that could influence weight management.
Apply and integrate into their Dietetic Practice ACT as well as concepts of Mindfulness and Mindful Eating/Intuitive Eating using evidence based practice.
Dr. Valerie George received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Laval University in Canada and has an MA degree in Educational Psychology and a BA degree in Food Science. She completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of Miami in Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. George was as Clinical Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition for twenty-three years where she taught and conducted research. Her expertise has been used to design and implement studies to understand the impact of environmental as well as psychological and metabolic variables influencing body weight. She has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals. She is also the author of the book, The Supermarket Diet. She has taught courses in nutrition counseling, nutrition education, nutrition assessment, research methods and ethics. She has successfully mentored undergraduate and graduate students in Dietetics and Nutrition and is dedicated to promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. She is currently working on a new book entitled, Stop Dieting, Start Listening and Move...Forward.