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Health at EVERY Size: De-Pathologizing Clients' Weight and Working Towards a New Model of Wellness

  • Friday, January 11, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Forest Hills of DC 4901 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008
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Presenters: Rosemary Moulton, LICSW; Sam Tryon MS, RD, LD
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Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

Workshop Description: 

This course is appropriate for all experience levels of social workers in all clinical settings. It is an introductory-level course for working with clients using the Health at Every Size approach. We will debunk myths about the impact of weight on health, learn more about client experiences, consider our personal biases so we can foster a safe space for clients of all sizes, apply the Health at Every Size principles, and consider the unique role we play as mental health providers.

  1. Describe the principles of the Health at Every Size approach.
  2. Explain the role of weight in health.
  3. Understand the impact of weight stigma.
  4. Incorporate the Health at Every Size approach in their clinical practice.


9:00-9:15 Introduction of presenters and participants

9:15-9:40 Principles of Health at Every Size and definition of terms

9:40-10:10 Myths vs. realities about impact of weight on health

10:10-10:30 Impact of weight stigma

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 Identifying our own biases

11:15-11:45 Developing cultural competency and creating a welcoming environment

11:45-12:00 Q & A

Recommended Reading:

Association for Size Diversity and Health, Health at Every Size Principles,

Bacon L, Stern J, Van Loan M, Keim N. Size acceptance and intuitive eating improve Health for obese, female chronic dieters. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:929-936.

Bacon L. (2008). Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. Dallas, TX: Benbella.

Bacon, L, Aphramor, L. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. Nutrition Journal, 2011;

Bacon, L and Aphramor. Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight.

Garner DM, Wooley S. Confronting the failure of behavioral and dietary treatments for obesity. Clinical Psychology Review, 1991; 11:729-780.

Schwartz, M, et al. (2003). Weight bias among health professionals specializing in obesity. Obesity Research, 11, 1033–1039.

A J Tomiyama1, J M Hunger2, J Nguyen-Cuu1 and C Wells. Misclassification of cardiometabolic health when using body mass index categories in NHANES 2005–2012 International Journal of Obesity (2016) 40, 883–886; doi:10.1038/ijo.2016.17; published online 15 March 2016.

Tracy L. Tylka, Rachel A. Annunziato, Deb Burgard, et al.The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health:  Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight Loss, Journal of Obesity 2014.
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