Implementing National Diabetes Guidelines from a Weight-Neutral Lens
Many diabetes care guidelines are weight- and weight-loss focused. These counseling messages are problematic and may contribute to disordered eating, shame, and/or weight stigma. This paper will identify some of the weight-focused messages found in diabetes care guidelines and briefly review the evidence. We’ll then guide clinicians to develop alternate messages that support a weight-inclusive, non-restrictive approach to diabetes education and management so clinicians and patients can work together to manage diabetes more effectively.
Mindful eating is a practical solution for resolving mindless and emotional eating habits so common in our food-abundant, diet-obsessed culture. Despite the recent increase in awareness and popularity of the concept of mindful eating, it is still widely misunderstood and underutilized. This fully-referenced paper provides a much needed overview of mindful eating including a practical definition, explanation of how it helps individuals across the health spectrum, and a turnkey model for implementation in virtually any setting.
Many healthcare and community organizations invest significant resources in weight management programs with very little return on their investment. This fully-referenced paper summarizes the reasons why traditional weight-focused interventions fail and lays the foundation for a non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach to well-being.
Mindful Eating in the Workplace: Shifting the Focus from Weight to Well-being
Many employers and health promotion organizations invest significant resources in weight management programs with very little return on their investment. This fully-referenced paper summarizes the reasons why traditional weight-focused interventions in the workplace fail and lays the foundation for a non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach to well-being.
There is a current bias in healthcare toward a weight-based definition of health, despite mounting evidence that this approach is ineffective and potentially harmful. This fully-referenced paper summarizes evidence in support of a non-diet, weight-neutral approach and outlines six specific strategies based on the Mindful Eating Cycle, a powerful decision making model that is helpful for clinicians and patients alike in the development of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Powerful Conversations to Lead the Shift from Weight to Well-being
As empirical evidence continues to accumulate, recognition of the need to adopt a weight-neutral approach expands. Health and wellness professionals can lead this paradigm shift by effectively communicating this message with others. This paper will clarify the core messages of the weight-neutral approach, review the latest empirical conclusions about the need to adopt this approach, and provide strategies for combining evidence and powerful questions in persuasive conversations that help shift the paradigm from weight to well-being.
Helping Health System Employees Foster Positive Self-Care, Regardless of Size
The results of this pilot study reinforce the need to move from weight-focused interventions to Health at Every Size, both in terms of improving well-being and minimizing the likelihood of negative consequences such as yo-yo dieting, weight cycling, disordered eating, and weight stigma.