For most people, diets don’t work. Dieting has been the pattern of eating employed by millions of people to reach a medically or societally prescribed body weight. This weight-centered approach to health not only is ineffective, but also is linked to disordered eating and size discrimination. A non-diet approach, also known as a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, is a weight-neutral approach, meaning that the focus is on promoting healthy behaviors and enhancing overall health and well-being instead of on weight loss. Health programming must be thoughtfully designed and implemented to avoid a worsening of a preoccupation with weight and dieting, an overvaluation of thinness and social prejudice toward the obese. This course includes all of the information healthcare professionals and fitness experts will need to shift from using a traditional, weight-centric model to a health-promoting weight-neutral model.
The goal of this course is to provide the information healthcare professionals and fitness experts need to shift from a traditional weight-centric model to a health-promoting weight-neutral model, also known as a nondiet approach. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain why dieting may fail to produce long-term weight loss
- Define “diet mentality” and identify three consequences of this belief
- Explain why weight loss may not be an indicator of improved health
- Describe how repeated attempts at weight loss through dieting can increase risk of physical and mental health problems
- List 10 alternative goals to weight loss as indicators of improved health
- Describe how the nondiet approach can be used in therapeutic and lifestyle situations
- Identify five influences on body image and provide six suggestions for improving body image
- List five consequences of weight preoccupation
- Explain the role of carbohydrate and protein in appetite control and how attempts to restrict high-fat foods may backfire
- List five indicators of an acquired taste for lower-fat foods
- Contrast diet and nondiet approaches to portion control
- Explain how sensitivity to hunger, appetite, and satiety signals can be enhanced
- List 15 reasons — other than hunger — for eating
- Explain the role of fluids in the body, and list three ways fluids can be misused by dieters and list five signs of dehydration
- Explain how clients can acquire a taste for less-sweet foods and fluids
- Name and refute three myths about exercise
- List 11 indicators of lifestyle shift other than weight loss
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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