WN4DC Symposium

Supporting ALL BODIES in diabetes care

Dismantling weight stigma: What’s in a word?

Written by Hannah Martin Weight stigma refers to negative attitudes and behaviour made towards fat people. It can cause exclusion and marginalisation, and lead to inequities. So how, as health providers, can we begin to provide non-stigmatising care? Unintentional or intentional, the words we...

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Why Health at Every Size®?

Think about it. How does feeling bad about your body, or feeling ashamed of your body, impact your wellbeing, your willingness to go to the doctor, and your mental state in the moment? Do any negative outcomes came to mind for you? Now imagine a lifetime of chronic exposure to either the...

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The Shame Trifecta: Age, Weight and Diabetes

Written by Nicole Christina, LCSW The combination of ageism, weight discrimination and judgement around a diabetes diagnosis is a perfect storm of shame. Aging already comes with challenges in a culture that idolizes youth. Older patients with Diabetes, especially at higher weights, can...

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What Does Gentle Nutrition Look Like When Counseling Someone With Type 2 Diabetes?

Holly Paulsen, a Registered Dietitian specializing in and working nearly exclusively with eating disorders and diabetes education, uses the imagery of three containers to represent the macronutrient needs of each individual’s body. Her presentation titled, Gentle Nutrition in the Prevention and...

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Insulin Resistance: Do We Have It Backwards?

Historically, both diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment have been rooted in the notion that weight gain leads to insulin resistance, perpetuating a medical model for diabetes grounded in pursuing intentional weight loss. But what if insulin resistance causes weight gain, and not the other...

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Fasting with Diabetes During Ramadan

We want our clients to feel spiritually uplifted during Ramadan, instead of worrying about their blood sugars. -Rahaf Al Bochi In her presentation for the WN4DC Symposium, Rahaf Al Bochi, registered dietitian and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition, notes that for those observing Ramadan, it is a...

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Weight Science: Looking at the Whole Picture

Contributed by Grace Sinopoli, NDTR, Symposium Intern Whether you’re new to exploring a weight-neutral approach or have been practicing this way for years, it can be challenging to address the ‘conventional wisdom’ that promises weight loss and dieting are the keys to health. In her...

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What Is Client-Centered Counseling? 3 Approaches

Contributed by Hannah Frazee, symposium intern When it comes to counseling patients with diabetes there are countless approaches that can be taken. Between motivational interviewing (MI), illness integration support (IIS) and guided self-determination theory (GSD), it can begin to feel like a...

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Bringing Psychology & Nutrition to The Table: Application of the Satter Eating Competence Model in Diabetes & Co-Occurring Disordered Eating

Contributed by WN4DC Symposium intern Amy Reich Have you ever wondered how to implement a weight neutral group program for individuals with diabetes and disordered eating, in a classical medical setting? Learn how to structure your own program by watching the presentation for the Disordered...

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals in Nutrition Therapy: Essential, Awkward, or Just Plain Ineffective?

Contributed by Hannah Martin, WN4DC Symposium intern Some of the most significant and valuable goals are not outcomes based, they are behavior based and therefore we cannot measure them the way some health goals can be measured and accomplished. When using a mindfulness and weight-neutral...

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