Size Acceptance: A Discussion About Health at Any Size
SIZE ACCEPTANCE: A DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH AT ANY SIZE
Registered Dietitians have learned about the negative effects of being overweight or obese. We have been taught how to counsel clients on weight loss. Does every patient or client with a body mass index (BMI) above 26 need to lose weight? It is well known that athletes often have a high BMI but are very healthy and fit. What about patients who have a low BMI? Weight and BMI are not independent indicators of health, and we as RDs need to recognize how our presumptions regarding weight can negatively influence the effectiveness of our nutrition counseling. This webinar will review size acceptance philosophies and provide support for why size acceptance should be promoted and utilized in practice. Aspects of Health at Every Size?, weight stigma, and weight bias will be discussed. Size acceptance approaches will be examined to explore how to successfully apply these methods to improve client care.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Define size acceptance, along with related terms such as Health at Every Size?, weight stigma, and weight bias.


  • Describe the benefits of size acceptance philosophies.


  • Utilize a size acceptance mindset in nutrition education & counseling.


  • Explain the relationship between size acceptance and innate eating.


  • Apply learned principles to case study examples.
Live Event Date: Apr 27, 2021
Expiration Date: Apr 27, 2024
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 1.1.3, 2.2.2, 4.1.5, 9.6.5
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Julie Brake, MS, RDN, LD
Julie Brake

Julie Brake is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed by the State of Georgia, specializing in family nutrition, sports nutrition, and prevention and treatment of disordered eating. She has also counseled clients for weight management and various nutritional concerns. Julie has been a private practice dietitian since 2005 and has worked with families and kids with eating issues since 2002. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) and the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG. She is also a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (or IFEDD). Her private practice is currently located in Marietta, GA.

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