Thematic 2019: Turning the tide with Health At Every Size® - Time for Change


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Speaker: Maria Ricupero, RD

Measures used to define 'healthy weight' in clinical practice have many limitations. Evidence reveals how weight loss as a strategy or treatment for chronic disease management is ineffective and unsustainable for most in the long term. Despite this knowledge, patients are often told to lose weight, which leads to unintended health consequences including, weight discrimination, weight bias, and weight cycling.

This presentation will introduce the audience to Health At Every Size® (HAES®) that advocates for a weight neutral approach in support of health. Controversies to this approach will be discussed and myths dispelled. Patient anecdotes will reveal the complexities associated with weight loss attempts and the potential detrimental physical, social and psychological effects when weight is a focus. Finally, evidence and case reports will reveal how improved health outcomes can be achieved even in the absence of weight loss.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the health consequences of weight as a focus.
  2. Gain knowledge of Health At Every Size® (HAES®) principles and the controversies surrounding HAES®.
  3. Identify with the lived experiences of people when weight is a focus.
About the speaker:

Maria Ricupero is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She holds a Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University where she taught as an academic lecturer for an advanced level clinical nutrition course. Maria is published in peer review journals and frequently speaks at professional national and international conferences including: Dietitians of Canada, the International Congress of Dietetics and Peter Munk Cardiovascular Symposium.

Currently, Maria works at the University Health Network, Toronto General as a Practice Leader for Endocrine and Mental Health programs. As a nutrition communicator and media spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada, Maria advocates for a weight inclusive approach in her practice and makes a personal commitment to raise awareness around weight bias by sharing her expertise with patients, colleagues, students and the media whenever the opportunity arises.

***Original Source: "2019 Thematic Conference", Saturday, January 12, 2019

Length: 20:56

Type: Video

Last Updated: February 7, 2019

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