• Monique Jephcote

Weight is not a behaviour

When I share that I am a Dietitian with people, it’s often met with, “Oh so you help people manage their weight”.

And I understand why this is the automatic response. So it doesn’t frustrate me (as much as it use to). But more so highlights a need for some education.

As a Weight-Neutral Dietitian & HAES (Health At Every Size) advocate, I don’t help people manage their weight.

I help people manage their behaviours.

And weight is not a behaviour.

Weight is also not an accurate indicator of health. <<— That’s really hard to digest for a lot of people/Health Professionals, but we have not only a bucketload of experience, but a BODY of evidencing supporting this.

Further readings:

** Wu... 2017. Impact of weight stigma on physiological and psychological health outcomes... A systemic review

** Tomiyama AJ et al 2018. How and why weight stigma drives the obesity ‘epidemic’ and harms health... 

** Bacon L et al 2011. Weight science: evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift... 

** O’hara L et al 2018. What’s wrong with the ‘War on Ob*sity? ... Paradigm shift

Please email me at: Monique@theintuitivedietitian.com.au if you would like access to these articles.

The Intuitive Dietitian xx

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